We can all agree that the Affordable Care Act was only the beginning of ‘righting’ a seismic wrong in our country. A country as rich and as powerful as the United States should provide Heath insurance to its citizens. President Obama nobly attempted to provide Healthcare to the nation’s most vulnerable. A botched rollout, along with healthy cynicism from Republicans, almost assured the American people would never buy-in to this plan. But was it the plan, or was it the person that presented the plan? If you recall, the project was similar to a plan that Mitt Romney proposed as a policy. My personal opinion is that this landmark legislation does not get its proper due. It is probably the case because it wasn’t a policy that benefited the rich; it helped the poor and disenfranchised.

Pre-Existing Conditions
Extending the ACA

As a member of the Republican Party, I’m frank about what my party does well. They lie, and they lie well. So well, that last night during the Vice-Presidential debate, VP Mike Pence said several times, “Americans with pre-existing conditions wouldn’t lose their health care.” Well, that’s a lie. One of the primary purposes for repealing and replacing Obama care is to take healthcare away from the nation’s most vulnerable. That’s right; Republicans are in courts right now trying to take your healthcare away from you. And they do this all while lying to your face about it. Sadly, if Trump wins this election, he will repeal the Affordable Care Act. Folks with pre-existing conditions, even the 7 million people affected by covid-19, maybe on the hook as having pre-existing conditions. Presumably, being infected with covid may deny you future healthcare rights if pre-existing conditions are associated with covid-19.

Put Another Way

President Trump was just diagnosed with Covid-19. He was released from the hospital after 48-72 hours, depending on which stories you read. Post his release, Trump taunted the American people by saying how strong he was and how he felt better than he’d felt in years.

What about the over 210,000 people that succumb to covid-19? What about their families? Instead of using this to connect to the American people, the president used his exposure to the disease to highlight his immune system’s superiority. If that doesn’t further disconnect him from the American people, I don’t know what will.


We’ve discussed who will pay for healthcare. If other countries have done it, we should do it too. Medicine costs are too damn high. When people with diabetes fare better, taking a trip to Canada for Insulin, there’s a gaping problem that needs addressing. The Affordable Care Act may not have been the fix to all healthcare ails, but it was one hell of a start. I believe the Biden healthcare plan will take us further in the right direction. The end goal should be everyone having the same healthcare as members of Congress. Until then, we are chasing our tails and swatting Republican Flies.

Published by Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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