Throughout the election season, Obamacare was a main topic in the political discussions.With the election of Donald Trump, Obamacare is on its path to being repealed.
Rick Scott penned an op-ed for USA Today on why he agrees with this because “other than President Obama and a few stragglers, everyone now realizes that Obamacare was a terrible notion.”
Governor Scott explains that the 25% premium increases two weeks before election day were the nail in the coffin for Hillary Clinton and that the Obama administration had it all wrong when they thought the biggest problem with health care was access. He explains that “the real problem with American health care has been cost, a problem which Obamacare made far worse. The only way to achieve good access to quality care is to reduce costs.”
He comments that Washington tells us that Obamacare cannot be repealed and replaced but it can by doing five things. First, by acknowledging that there is a problem. Second, by creating more competition and “allowing individuals to buy insurance across state lines. Not only will this increase competition and reduce costs, it will also encourage more individuals to participate and create a safety net for those who truly need it.”
Next, by giving states control, which he informs that “if the federal government returned families’ tax dollars back to the states, each state could create a system that works for families there. A system where states take the lead in designing what works for their residents can happen if all states are treated the same regarding the money the federal government allocates; the citizens of each state can decide who to cover; and all money from the federal government would be spent transparently on health care.”Fourth, Governor Scott suggests that mandates should be removed. He explains this by saying that “We should not be telling people what insurance to buy. Our health care system will work best if there are no individual or company mandates. Just like with any product or service, people should buy the insurance they want — not what government thinks they need.”
Finally, he says that personal responsibility should be rewarded. “When people have an incentive to make healthy decisions and focus on prevention, health care costs will be driven down and people will lead healthier lives. This can happen if insurance companies give people meaningful incentives for making healthy choices, like a reduction in premiums or reimbursing things like gym memberships.”