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Obamacare: Let’s get it rolling

Yet again, we do not know where the recent developments may lead, but the piece of legislation known as  the ’Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ commonly referred to as ‘Obamacare’ is once more undergoing  another moment of reckoning in  Washington.

At a time when many Americans are trying to fathom the profundity of healthcare reform, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney writes that “Republicans are again undermining a law that has been signed and upheld by the Supreme Court.” Yes! Republicans are again using ‘Obamacare’ as a political tool to garner votes and publicity in the upcoming election in 2014.

As White House Communication Director Jennifer Palmieri further affirms, “After three years of unsuccessful attempts in the Court and nearly 40 repeals in the House of Representatives, Congressional Republicans are still pushing for a delay in the individual mandate to sabotage efforts to ensure all Americans access to affordable healthcare.”

The Republicans point of contention is ‘the individual mandate which requires all American taxpayers to purchase health insurance.’

Notwithstanding, the delay comes at a tremendous cost, for the  federal government will lose billions in penalty revenues and employers who wouldn’t begin offering healthcare will have their employees  search for it elsewhere. In truth, the business mandate awakens the emotions of annoyed business owners who will either offer insurance to their employees or cut back on their hours or fire them altogether.

But the Republican delay is their exultant tribute.

While democrats cling to the theory that ‘the economic impact of ‘Obamacare’ is going to be a deficit reducing people protecting act that will lower the cost of healthcare for consumers,” Republicans on the other hand claim that ‘healthcare is a deficit tripling business atomic bomb that is unconstitutional, that it was passed under a false premise   and that it only serves as a tax hike that must be repealed.”

Moreover, the proposition by critics that ‘Obamacare’ hurts the middleclass and increase health insurance cost for everyone and ultimately hurt the budget deficit recovery plan’ warrants explanation that the idea behind ‘Obamacare’ is to repeal the price of healthcare over a decade by 1.2 trillion dollars.

In fairness, the main point of ‘Obamacare’ is “to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance, streamline the delivery of healthcare for everyone by restricting certain insurance company practices and providing tax credits and subsidies for individuals and businesses.”

Irrespective of the fact that   ‘Obamacare’ will provide healthcare, promote health and control cost it still remains an economic and political educational study.

It seems that nothing can change the Republican’s belief that healthcare is broken, but their refusal to pass legislation and their choice in delaying legislation to improve their argument only strengthens the healthcare bill. As proponents assert “the longer the bill stays in circulation the more time citizens have to form an opinion of the issue.”

The bitter irony is that in the long run, using ‘Obamacare’ as a political tool as they did in the election of 2010 damages their own hand at the bargaining table because the times have change. Voters are now wiser and more educated on the issue than they were three years ago and they have harnessed dialogue and understanding of what ‘Obamacare’ means and represent to them despite the distortion obtained from the press or the propaganda of their political representatives.

The battle for ‘Obamacare’ is far from over, but the benefits dwarfs the disadvantages.

Hence, it is time to start ‘Obamacare’ rolling.

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Rebeca Theodore

Rebeca Theodore is a national security and political op-ed columnist based in Washington DC. Her work has appeared in various newsprint throughout the Caribbean, Canada and the US. Follow her on twitter @rebethd. Contact the author.