The system is broken.
I never thought I'd see the day that I would share an opinion with Donald Trump.
I'm a lower-class, liberal woman, who is so liberal it would make Bernie Sanders blush.
But when it comes to how out country deals with health care, I'm with Trump:
The system is broken.
Obamacare doesn't work.
That said, at least Obama made CHANGE.
He acknowledged that health care was a serious problem in our country and he took action to make health care more affordable for the people who needed most.
He tried something huge, and it had good points and bad points.
But he tried.
Right now, all of the talk about repealing and replacing the ACA sounds like either passing the buck or patching a sinking ship.
We need a revolution, not half-assed maintenance that serves just one party's agenda.
I have a job, but I cannot afford the healthcare that job offers AND paying my rent.
That's just how it is.
Between the cost of housing, student loan debt, and groceries, my paycheck is gone.
That's my reality. And I know I'm not alone.
Because I'm eligible for work insurance, I'm not eligible for Obamacare.
It actually SAVES me money to pay the tax penalty every year for NOT having insurance, instead of paying out the nose for insurance that often doesn't cover everything.
High deductibles are killing people like me.
But that's the extent to which Donald Trump and I agree.
See, he thinks we should "get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something terrific", and since I'm poor and have a chronic health problem, I need specifics on what that plan of his might be.
I can't just trust he's going to make it work ... someday.
There are some people in Trump's party who have ideas.
But for folks like me, they are non-starters.
Right now Paul Ryan has suggested that HSAs supplant the other health insurance options out there.
That's just not acceptable.
It's a tax-free savings account for medical expenses.
So while it's great if you're considering Lasik, it's not great for people like me who don't have money to stacked away for a rainy day or another trip to see the doctor about my crippling postherpetic neuralgia thanks to the shingles I got last year.
Other plans floating around the Republican party right now are just not going to cut it.
We can't just pass their plan and wait until later to see what's in it.
There has got to be a better way.
I'm not saying I have the answers.
If I did, I'd be running for office.
But I am saying that my case is not a special one.
There are men and women like me all across this country, and slapping a band-aid on broken legislation without making real change isn't going to help anyone in the long run.
So yes, Trump is right. Obamacare isn't working.
But if Donald Trump wants to go the full eight years in office, he needs to come up with a realistic, community-oriented, truly affordable health care plan for the desperate, hurting people who won him the presidency.