How to Fix Obamacare - Denver Post Editorial
By The Denver Post Editorial Board
PUBLISHED: October 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm | UPDATED: October 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm
Our nation reached a critical juncture in history where Republicans are poised — after waiting seven years for their turn — to try to fix what’s wrong with America’s health insurance system.
Since 2010, we’ve been disappointed by the dishonesty and lack of depth in the debate over the Affordable Care Act.Today we’ve brought you a variety of authors who have done an admirable job keeping the debate of “What’s next for Obamacare?” based in facts and focused on feasible, constructive solutions.
The basic principle of Obamacare was a sound one: Americans benefit in a system of shared risk, where everyone is insured with plans that promote less-expensive preventative health care and that discourage expensive emergency care with high deductibles.
Yet the reality is that the promise of Obamacare has faltered within a broken system: the federal government spends billions of dollars on a heavily regulated private health insurance marketplace without offering a competing public option to bring down costs.
More Perspectives on what’s next for Obamacare
- Michele Lueck: Baby steps toward cooperation on Obamacare, for a baby’s sake
- Michael Bennet: A public option would stabilize Obamacare without adding to the national debt
- Mike Coffman: Republicans still can fix the Affordable Care Act
- John Hickenlooper: Colorado’s market can stabilize if GOP takes up bipartisan solutions
- Mario Nicolais: Why Baby Boomers should worry about Medicaid cuts
- Paul Waldman: Does Trump want to destroy our health system?
- Denver Post readers weigh in on improving America’s health insurance system (16 letters)
That system isn’t working.
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