Four years ago, Democrats in Washington were confident that the law that they forced through Congress would be extremely popular today. Instead, the law has broken almost every significant promise that President Obama made about it and Americans have been left to deal with the very serious consequences.
Millions of Americans have personally discovered that they can’t keep their coverage, can’t afford their premiums, can’t see their doctor and can’t work as many hours.
Today, the actual law doesn’t even look the same because President Obama has lawlessly re-written almost all of it in a desperate attempt to save his legacy.
In fact, the administration has changed the law over 21 times in the last six months alone.
The so-called ‘fixes’ aren’t working and Americans understand that the changes are based on saving politicians’ careers instead of improving health care.
Instead of continuing to implement a poorly written law that continues to fail Americans, we need to suspend it and start over.
After practicing medicine for 25 years, I know that Americans have always wanted affordable care instead of expensive, government mandated coverage.
Republicans have good ideas for reform – and our solution is not a return to the pre-ObamaCare status quo. We understand that the health system needs real reform because it was failing too many families even before the ObamaCare disaster.
Republicans are taking steps now that include helping patients with pre-existing conditions, allowing small businesses to pool resources in order to buy health insurance for their employees, expanding health savings accounts, allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, and increasing transparency about the costs of medical care.
In contrast to ObamaCare, all of our proposals are focused on giving Americans the flexibility and freedom to make their own health care choices.
After watching ObamaCare fail for four years, we know that this law is never going to work well for a majority of Americans. Costs are going to continue to rise and the quality of care is going to continue to decline.
Once again, the anniversary of ObamaCare is a call to action -- not a cause for celebration.
Republican John Barrasso represents Wyoming in the U.S. Senate. He serves in the Senate as a member of both the Energy and Environment Committees. Follow him on Twitter@SenJohnBarrasso.