In response to reports that President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans might consider reneging on their promise to repeal ObamaCare, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) issued the following statement:
ObamaCare is a complicated net of provisions that pay off interlocking special interest groups. Despite Nancy Pelosi’s comment that we had to pass it to find out what is in it, Americans still aren’t aware of its many far-reaching tentacles.
It is not possible to get rid of kudzu by trimming a few branches. It is not possible to drain a swamp by diverting part of the water. It is not possible to save American medicine by relieving a little pressure while leaving the apparatus for crushing it intact.
Lesser-known provisions that need to go include the half a trillion dollars in tax hikes, the ban on the expansion of physician-owned hospitals (which often provide better and less expensive care), and the “antidiscrimination rule” that requires everyone to pay for and most facilities to provide costly “gender reassignment” procedures. More and more harmful effects are evident as taxes and regulations are phased in.
The major reason for shocking premium increases and plan cancellations is the federal mandates on coverage and pricing.
The main outcry about repeal is that “millions of Americans would lose healthcare.” Actually, millions would lose taxpayer subsidies for outrageously expensive premiums—which result from ObamaCare. How many would lose Medicaid, the main source of expanded coverage, depends on the states. For problems that arise, there are state or targeted solutions that do not destroy private, voluntary insurance or the fabric of our medical institutions.
The replacement for ObamaCare is not TrumpCare or RyanCare or RomneyCare or another coercive centrally planned system—but freedom. Freedom is what brought unprecedented prosperity and medical advances to unprecedented numbers of people.
Without freedom, America will never be great again.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in virtually all specialties and every state. Founded in 1943, AAPS has the motto “omnia pro aegroto,” which means “all for the patient.”