Tom McClintock consistently declares his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, insisting that an unrestrained health insurance market would better serve us. He’s just ignoring the many problems that led to the enactment of the ACA.
This article contains some helpful reminders of where we were before we enacted the ACA. Medical insurance rates rose every year, and were slowed with the enactment of the ACA (before sabotage by the GOP caused them to skyrocket again). Insurance policies were not required to protect pre-existing conditions, so people with medical issues – usually through no fault of their own – couldn’t insure the health condition that was most likely to cause them harm. Students got booted off their parents’ insurance before they could afford to buy their own, leaving them vulnerable to unexpected tragedy or illness. Too many doctors and hospitals focused on profits instead of preventative care. The ACA changed all of that, and would have done much more were it not for the GOP’s constant efforts to undermine key provisions. Tom McClintock has been fighting to repeal the ACA, but he’s yet to offer any meaningful replacement. He’s been there ten years. It’s time to give someone else a chance.
Tom McClintock supports essentially unrestrained capitalism, regardless of the cost to the rest of us. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.