I used to pay out of pocket for better part of a decade for health ins. Every year, the costs went up at least 10-15%....and this was long before the world ever heard of the ACA....and the amount of coverage was going down. Higher co-pays, higher deductibles, more expensive prescriptions.
The old way wasn't working and while the ACA is, admittedly flawed, it was the only way to stick a foot in the door of the health ins. industry....and FOR PROFIT industry that would just as soon only insure people that are 100% healthy. Even then, this same industry, when confronted with having to pay out for coverage, would bend over backwards to NOT pay out. I had a friend that worked as a claims adjuster and one of the main components of his job was to deny payments and/or negotiate the lowest possible $$ possible.
The only chance the Dems had to start a reform of the healthcare ins. industry was/is the ACA. Any other options would not have passed. There was little to no chance of having a single-payer/medicad/cal legislation pass thru congress.
I'm all for having a politically bi-partisan plan for universal healthcare in this country....but that isn't going to happen because the GOP is so adamantly opposed to any change to the status quo.
The GOP had seven years....SEVEN FUCKING YEARS...to offer up any sort of alternative to the ACA. What we got was them voting, what 50+ times to blindly repeal it.
I'm sorry but recent history shows that conservative republicans don't really give a shit about the American people....unless of course those people are unborn fetuses or big business $$$ donors.
Name one positive program that the Republicans have implemented in the last decade....
IMO...it is Repub vs. Dem and it's only been the Dems that have shown themselves (flaws and all) to have any sort of vision for the future.
The GOP just wants to start a new Gilded Age by destroying any sort of progressive societal advances. Fuck the GOP.