“Obamacare has been wonderful for America,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Six million seniors have wellness checks now; 3.1 million young people now have insurance…If you have a preexisting disability, you’re covered.”
Yet on the same program, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky said, “The American people dislike it even more now than they did when it was passed, and they hope that the Congress will respond to their desire to stop this train wreck before it happens.”
In response, Reid noted that Republicans should be working to make it better rather than launching yet another repeal attempt. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a former chief economist with the U.S. Department of Labor and a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, outlined several ways the Affordable Care Act could be improved for The Wall Street Journal. In her opinion, the primary problem with the system is that it mandates a one-size-fits all, overall generous plan, with required free preventive care, mandatory mental health and drug abuse coverage, free contraceptives, and no lifetime maximum. The nature of the insurance coverage combined with the requirement that enrollees can sign up for insurance coverage at anytime makes the insurance plans offered on the exchanges very expensive.
Here’s a look at a few of her suggestions: