There is an old saying that goes something like this, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” which is meant to be a sly joke on anyone who wants to dabble in DIY projects and always ends up making things worse. In the case of Obamacare, there isn’t much you can do to make it any worse unless you let it stay as is for another 4 to 8 years and that is truly unthinkable! The saying has now morphed into, “You can’t fix something that never worked,” and that, of course, is Obamacare.
In Fairness to the President
In fairness to President Obama, it could very well be that his intentions were good. Many would like to give him the benefit of the doubt. The problem with that is in whom he chose to listen to when rallying support for his bill. Instead of turning to medical universities known for turning out top notch nurses and doctors, he took advice from lobbyists from the major insurance companies that would become the core group of Obamacare insurers. That’s why it’s rather difficult to be ‘fair’ in assessing his motives as altruistic. Even so, if taken at his word, he may really have wanted to provide healthcare to the entire country because there were so many without adequate coverage.
It’s Time to Give the New President an Equally Fair Chance
So then, you are looking at a healthcare system that never worked from its inception. The incoming President Elect Donald J. Trump recognizes this and has vowed to repeal the ACA. Although he does like a few of the clauses such as making sure preexisting conditions don’t make you exempt from coverage, most of the Act he recognizes as a useless waste of taxpayers’ dollars. Doing away with Obamacare was a huge part of his campaign so maybe in fairness to President Trump, the nation should give him a chance to come up with something that works.
Critical Shortages Need to Be Addressed
As well as finding a way to offer affordable healthcare to the nation, the incoming president will need to find a way to address the critical shortage in licensed medical professionals. There is a need for everything from doctors to professionals with an MSN in nursing administration to nursing aids and even medical technicians. The entire industry is faced with a critical shortage in licensed professionals so perhaps focusing on ways to increase enrollment in med school and in online MSN in nursing administration programs would be a solution.
The bottom line is that healthcare in the United States is in crisis. It isn’t working now, it didn’t work well in the past and now it’s time to work towards healthcare that will work in the future. There is one ray of hope in all this. Obamacare can be repealed and if that is the solution to getting the country back on track, then let’s take the chance. After all, it isn’t working now, so what have we to lose?