Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 6, 2013

Where is the alternative to Obamacare?


Journal-Times

Nov. 6, 2013 — Dr. Rand Paul is a respected eye surgeon, a medical professional who also happens to be our junior United States senator.

To his credit, he is among those who volunteer for “Sunday surgery” stints to help those who cannot afford expensive surgical procedures and to keep his skills up to date.

That said, it stands to reason that he would be better informed than his non-medical colleagues in the Senate when it comes to the state of American health care.

If that premise is correct, then why is Sen. Paul not suggesting alternatives to the dreaded Affordable Care Act.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, that federal law now is disparagingly called “Obamacare” and more recently has added the name “Obamascare”.

The latest name grew out of the horror stories emerging from the website woes at healthcare.gov which started Oct. 1.

In our view, several parts of the Affordable Care Act should be modified or eliminated altogether.

We especially dislike the notions that Americans will be fined for not having health insurance or that they will have to give up doctors and hospitals they already know and trust.

But we also don’t understand why the vocal opponents of ACA – who feel so strongly that they shut down the entire government last month – have yet to suggest an alternative to this gigantic, law that touches every person in these United States.

Obamacare was passed three years ago and has withstood a challenge in the U. S. Supreme Court.

It apparently continues to be supported by a majority in the Senate and by President Obama.

For all intents and purposes, it is the law of the land.

Sen. Paul visited this community last month and was asked by a reporter if he had an alternative to the ACA.

His response was that he wasn’t sure the previous health care system was broken despite the fact that an estimated 44 million of us had no health insurance.

Our national health care industry has been preparing for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for more than three years. Billions have been spent to put it into place.

Saying that all of it must be thrown out but not offering an alternative plan simply is illogical.

The President, Senate and House must start fixing the pieces of the law that have panicked many Americans and driven health insurance prices through the roof.

A good starting place would be reinstating the President’s promise from 2009 that we can keep our own doctors.