So we can add the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of the ACA’s stalwart detractors dedicated to Repeal & Replace now reluctantly advocating for Fix & Embrace© (you heard that term here first – I Googled it). Last week Chamber President Tom Donohue said, "we’re not going to get rid of that bill [actually, it’s been an enacted law since 2010, Mr. Donohue], and so we’re going to have to devise ways to make it work."
This of course begs the question just how is he hoping to define, “make it work.” How do you make something work that you’re already convinced – at least that’s what you said – absolutely cannot work? Wouldn’t you be better served to just pack up your bags, feel sorry for the country you’ve left behind and head for greener pastures? To a country that isn’t saddled with the weight of a social conscience advocating for equal access and affordability to a basic human right: healthcare.
Having a family history in this country that dates back to the 1670’s (including relatives that fought in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars) I feel some sense of hosting duties here. I feel compelled to offer some assistance to our departing friends that no longer find this country palatable because of its social largesse. As you depart – besides not letting the proverbial door of fairness and equality hit you in your hard ass on the way out – here are a few countries you probably ought to avoid:
In Africa: Rwanda, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia
In Asia: Bhutan, Bahrain, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and UAE.
In Europe: Albania, Austria, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine,[and the United Kingdom.
In North America: Barbados, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago.
In South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Oh, almost forgot – Australia and New Zealand should be avoided too. They, like all of the countries listed above, provide some form of universal healthcare for their citizens. So you couldn’t possibly find happiness there.
But you won’t find North Korea listed above. Happy trails!!