Ugh… please tell me you’re sick of the two party system. My wish for the New Year would be for people to open their eyes and look outside a two-party system that has sucked the marrow from our country’s life.

I haven’t even started, and I already have digressed.

Anyway… today, the buzz around town is the Democratic response to the Republican (apparent) repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I’ve not been a supporter of the ACA, and when I wrote about this back in 2010, I never imagined the costs would be even worse than I had projected.

With the slogan Make America Sick Again, the Democrats are trying to say that people “need to fight” the Republican repeal of the ACA… with claims such as “Republicans will soon learn that you can’t keep the good parts of the ACA and remove the parts you don’t like.

The Republican plan to cut healthcare wouldn’t make America great again, it would make America sick again.@SenSchumer

But… sick again implies that we’re not sick now… when our government touts the “success” of Obamacare, they mostly point out that we have historically low numbers of uninsured.

They don’t discuss, that although the first word is Affordable, healthcare premiums for families has risen an average 69% since 2013.

In 2010, Yeni and I paid just under $500/mo in healthcare premiums. As I said in November, Yeni and I now pay over $1,200.00/month for premiums. On top of the incredibly high monthly cost, we also have an out of pocket of $14k.

Even worse… cost of medical care has now caused an increased delay in getting medical care for those aged 18-64 since 2000.

Paying more. Getting Less.

My personal costs for healthcare has increased more than 10k/year since 2010. This doesn’t result in a better anything…

Starting the next election… please stop thinking about this country as blue/red, Dem/Rep, and start looking at all candidates in all parties.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.George Washington