“Repeal and replace” has become the battle cry of Sarah Palin and the bulk of Republican Senators after the passage of comprehensive health care reform. They’re rousing fears, threatening those with health insurance that their costs and taxes will go up; as if everyone would keep their insurance at the same costs if there were no reform.
Think again. Health care costs went up 131% over the last decade; general inflation was only 28%. If they stay on the same trajectory, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, they’ll go up another 166% over the next 10 years. As the costs go up, working families lucky enough to have insurance pay higher co-pays and get less coverage.