GOP Should Learn From Past Mistakes of Obamacare

In 2010, with control of the House, Senate and presidency, former President Barack Obama and Democrats pushed through the misnomered “Affordable Care Act” on the sly. With no support from Republicans, Americans were aghast at the dirty political game Democrats played. Little or no discussion was allowed on debatably the worst bill in American history.

To most people’s astonishment, Nancy Pelosi stated that we must pass the bill to find out what’s in it. Needless to say, this angered the right. Can you imagine if people lived their lives the way Pelosi proscribed? Can you imagine going into a restaurant, seeing an item on the menu with no description and the waiter says, “You have to order it to find out what’s in it?”

Obama himself promised that Obamacare would allow Americans to keep their doctors if they liked their doctors, keep their current plans if they liked their current plans, and that costs would drop $2,500 per year for the average family. All these promises were broken and costs actually rose.

Americans elected Donald Trump because he promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. Repealing it is the right thing to do but why replace it? Government has no business in healthcare. We are not a communist or socialist society, thank God.

Healthcare should be between a doctor and his/her patients and contrary to the opinions of most on the left, healthcare is not a “right.” People should have the right to access healthcare if they can pay for it themselves, but the wealthiest Americans shouldn’t be forced to pay for the healthcare of others the way Obamacare mandated. Certainly, no one should be obligated to purchase healthcare as Obamacare also mandated.

With the new American Health Care Act bill, which is slated to be voted on today, we still don’t know what’s in it. Americans haven’t been privy to all the details of this bill and able to mull it over for themselves. The GOP would be wise not to make the same mistakes the left made in passing Obamacare. There should be a thorough analysis and open discussion about the pros and cons of this new bill and the public should be able to weigh in, after all it affects them.

Passing Obamacare in the middle of the night was deceptive, conniving and a politically rotten thing to do. We expect that from the left, but the right needs to take the higher road where this bill is concerned. Since I haven’t seen the bill or heard much about it, my gut tells me this isn’t the best we can do. This bill may be terrific, amazing and phenomenal, but let’s find out first.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A Tea Party original, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

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