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Healthcare Ignorance Makes Me Sick

By  |  January 16, 2017, 05:00pm  |  @ElizRhoads

Protestors recently staged a “cough-in” at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan, New York, to protest the repeal of Obamacare. What exactly is a “cough-in”? This group of protestors started coughing, and then held up signs and chanted “We Need Obamacare” and “Trumpcare Makes Us Sick.”

Watch it for yourself:

I’m supportive of protests, however this particular protest exposes ignorance. What?! Liberals, ignorant? Yes, it’s true. You see – this protest demonstrates that these people believe there are only two options – Obamacare and going back to the way things were before Obamacare. The reality is that Republicans have released several thoughts on what the best replacement plan might be – yes that’s right, replacement plan – as in not going back to the pre-Obamacare years. It’s no secret there were issues with healthcare – no one is denying that.

The latest Republican to release a glimpse of what the replacement plan will look like includes the President-elect himself. (Good news liberals – his plan is summarized as “healthcare for everybody.”)

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) also recently shared his thoughts on what the replacement plan should be in a townhall meeting.

“We believe that state high-risk pools are a smart way of guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. We had a really good one in Wisconsin. Utah had a great one. I was talking with a Congresswoman from — from Washington today who was telling me how good their state high-risk pool is. What I mean when I say this is, about eight percent of all the people under 65 have that kind of pre- existing condition. My mother-in-law — cancer — she had melanoma in her 20s, breast cancer in her 50s, ovarian cancer in her 60s. People just have these things. And we don’t want people to go poor or go bankrupt because this thing happens to them.

So we, obviously, want to have a system where they can get affordable coverage without going bankrupt because they get sick. But, we can do that without destroying the rest of the healthcare system for everybody else…So, by financing state high-risk pools to guarantee people get affordable coverage when they have a pre-existing condition, like yourself, what you’re doing is, you’re dramatically lowering the price of insurance for everybody else.”

I know it’s easier to believe that all conservatives are uncompassionate monsters, as illustrated by this tweet (note the number of retweets and likes):

But the reality is both sides of the aisle want fair and affordable healthcare for everyone, including those with pre-existing conditions. Believe it or not, Obamacare’s premium increases this year are anything but affordable – Arizona, 116 percent; Oklahoma, 69 percent; Tennessee, 63 percent; Minnesota, 59 percent; just to name a few.

Now that’s something worth protesting.