I know everyone hates Obamacare, but there's this thing called the Affordable Care Act that's actually pretty good, and I hope it sticks around.
Seriously though, I would say that I'm a fan of ACA and I think it will be a mistake to repeal it with no replacement in mind. Some stuff about ACA that is really great:
--No denials for pre-existing conditions.
--Free preventive services for women
--No copays on birth control -- something that's actually CUT BACK on abortions
--Premium equality that keeps insurance companies from charging exorbitant amounts just because you're over 50 or a woman
--End of lifetime caps on medical spending.
Just to name a few things.
One thing that some people argue about is the mandate to purchase insurance. For the record, I read that Republicans were in favor of this mandate prior to it becoming a staple of ACA. Anyway, there SHOULD be a mandate to have health insurance. Because hospitals have a mandate to treat people who are having an emergency, which is something that you don't have in any other industry. You can walk into an ER and be treated without any proof that you can pay. Where else can you do this? You can't walk into a car dealership and get a car without proof you can pay for it. You can't walk into a supermarket and buy a candy bar without proof you can pay! Yet you can easily wrack up tens of thousands of dollars in hospital bills without any money in the bank or health insurance.
So until we start saying that hospitals can turn away people from the ER (which obviously, would be horrible), then there NEEDS to be a mandate that people should have health insurance.
Everyone needs health insurance.
But if there are any better ideas out there than ACA that Paul Ryan is keeping secret from us, I'd certainly be open to listen to it. God knows, the ACA isn't perfect. But it's just better than taking away health insurance from 20 million people.