At the Freedom Makers of Dubois County’s monthly meeting on March 11th, those in attendance agreed our group should put forth an official statement on the House Speaker Paul Ryan led American Health Care Act, a.k.a. AHCA. In short, our group does not believe the bill will repeal Obamacare or reduce the financial burden on Americans. We believe it does not fulfill the 7-plus years of promises from elected Republicans who pledged to remove Obamacare.
This isn’t something said lightly. One of the many reasons we didn’t come out hard against the AHCA early on was because every bill can change as it goes through legislative processes. Many of us held out hope the proposals from groups and people like the House Freedom Caucus, or Senator Rand Paul would be heard. Instead, we see the bill pushed through committee with no intention of real reforms, or hearing alternative ideas.
This bill keeps the worst parts of the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, intact. The bill’s reforms are small and do nothing to address the government interference in the private pursuit of an individual’s right to live how they want. While this last statement is wide ranging, the AHCA does nothing to bring reform to a system that was perverted multiple times, starting as far back as 1943 under FDR.
We as a group believe there should be a full repeal of Obamacare. Once that is gone, a debate on how healthcare and health insurance should function can begin. Many of us believe health care and health insurance should lie in the control of the individual and their family, and function in some fashion as life and auto insurance do today.
Only at this point can your freedom can be more fully realized and costs truly be reduced and transparency achieved. You must now be vocal to your elected officials to stand up for full repeal, and nothing less. The past and current system never worked, it is time for real reform.
On behalf of the Freedom Makers of Dubois County leadership and many of its members,
Adrian Engelberth, President