Aouste is a graduate from DePaul University with a BA in Political Science. While studying he participated in the Fund for American Studies program in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Heartland in 2015, he was a staff intern on Bruce Rauner’s successful Illinois gubernatorial campaign. Aouste resides in Hainseville, Illinois.
Latest posts by Billy Aouste (see all)
- Heartland Weekly – Today’s ‘Che Guevara’ Democrats Do Not Understand Economic Growth - January 8, 2018
- A Year of Top Heartland Stories - December 28, 2017
- Can Twitter Be Trusted with Its New ‘Violent Images’ Rules? - December 22, 2017
On July 19, Heartland Institute Policy Advisor Dr. Jane Orient joined Newsmax TV to discuss the latest Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare – which have not gone well, to say the least. With a clear majority in both houses of Congress, as well as a president urging legislators to repeal immediately, there should be no conceivable reason for failure. Yet, despite all these advantages, the current repeal bill is struggling to find votes.
In her interview with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV, Dr. Orient stresses that although we had a flawed system pre-Obamacare, it has only deteriorated since the Affordable Care Act took effect:
Before Obamacare we had a very dysfunctional system and what Obamacare did was rigidify the worst parts of that system and outlaw the better parts. But the basic problem is that we have insurance that is comprehensive; that is supposed to pay for everything and make your medical decisions for you instead of true insurance like your car or home owners insurance that only pays you money if you have a catastrophic loss. It does not tell you what kind of care to get, what doctor you can go to, whether to get care or not.
Watch the inteview in the player above, and read Dr. Orient’s latest piece titled “It’s Not about Health Care—It’s about Control.”