wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts
@Truth Bombs: Also, that link you posted shows that 56% of Republicans hold a favorable view of the ACA replacement options. And 74% think we DO need to repeal and replace the ACA.
honeydew / 7504 posts
@looch: "I really think we're solving the wrong problem in all of this. The answer isn't in fixing the insurance, the answer is in fixing the cost. Same applies in student loans. We need to address the cost of the education, not the loans." YESSSS!!! The root of the problem is the outrageous costs being charged for medical care. If we get costs of medical care under control, medical insurance won't be so expensive.
GOLD / watermelon / 14076 posts
@Truth Bombs: @littlebug: I agree that the biggest issue here is with elected officials, but I think they've found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place because they've spent so many years shitting on the ACA that they just want something to replace it with so they can call it a "win." Another issue is a lack of diversity in drafting these bills. We've got rooms full of men drafting bills to defund Planned Parenthood, discuss whether maternity care should be covered as an essential health benefit, etc. It doesn't seem right at all.
grapefruit / 4321 posts
@lawbee11: Totally agree with you there. I just feel like it should be us, the American public, vs them, the idiot elected officials, and not us, The Deomcrats, vs them, The Republicans because it just doesn't get us any where.
@Adira: Right so if 56% of Republicans hold a favorable view of replacement options and way fewer democrats hold a favorable view, then the majority of total constituents hold an unfavorable view and any elected official voting for these replacement options isn't representing the majority of his constituents. Thinking there should be changes to the ACA, and thinking these are the RIGHT changes aren't the same thing so that 74% number doesn't hold a lot of water for me.
@Truth Bombs: You said: "Most people, including a large portion of Republicans, don't support Repeal and Replace." I wouldn't consider 26% of Republicans to be a large portion. Also, 61% of Republicans said they were more likely to support their elected officials if they voted FOR the GOP replacement and 46% said they were less likely to support their elected official if they voted AGAINST the GOP replacement. 80% of Republicans said they think Trump & the GOP should continue working on a plan to repeal and place the ACA. It seems pretty clear that the majority of Republicans are against Obamacare and for a replacement, including THIS replacement.
@Adira: You're right, my comment should have said a large portion of Republicans don't support THIS replacement option. I'm not opposed to replacement in general as I believe ACA definitely has room for improvement. Certainly for me personally coverage has become worse and more expensive than it was prior to ACA. So I don't see the 80% number as upsetting as you do. But from this post and others like your comment that "Republicans don't care about poor people or the sick, so... " it's clear you're dead set on just making this partisan fight rather than an actual discussion, which, coincidentally is the same way many elected officials feel, and part of why we can never get anywhere.
@Truth Bombs: I see what you're saying, but it IS hard to believe that Republicans DO care about poor and sick people when they continue to vote for officials who make policy decisions that negatively affect the poor and the sick. I'm sure plenty of Republicans DO care about the poor and sick, but it feels like for the majority of Republicans, other things are just MORE important to them.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
I don't think that Republicans do not care about the sick/old/poor/disabled...I think it's more that they believe in small government, which limits programs that benefit those groups. I believe (and someone please correct me here) Republicans think that this is better left up to the states to handle, rather than at the federal level.
eta: I am a registered independent, which sometimes hurts me for voting in primaries, but the main issue I have is that I don't identify with either party. I am a moderate, and I venture to guess that a lot of people are the same.
pear / 1558 posts
@looch: I consider myself an independent too, but did register as a dem for this past primary/caucus to support Bernie Sanders. I wish more people would register & run as independents & maybe we could break the pendulum swinging & binary choices people believe they are forced to make between R vs D. We lose sight of the real issues/solutions when there is partisan politics driving it all.
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