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Obamacare: Good or bad policy


Obamacare! The very word creates immense feeling of either gratitude or disdain; gratitude, if you have been the beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act; disdain if you have been hurt by the lack of “affordable” plans.

The most recent debate in the Congress, controlled by Republicans, is repeal and replace. This comes from the belief that the Affordable Care Act is leaving us with fewer choices and is too expensive to continue.

While there is truth to the above, the reality is this is not the whole picture. For every person or business that has been hurt by Obamacare, others have had life saving procedures that otherwise would not have happened.

So is repeal and replace the solution. I would add a different “r” word: repair. Like most pieces of legislation there are good parts and bad parts. I say let’s keep what is working and repair what is not.

The problem is if you are a Democrat, you don’t want to see changes because somehow that is admitting that the legislation is flawed. If you are a Republican, you can’t believe that anything in the legislation passed and signed by Democrats has any merit.

It is time for people to forget who passed what; look at the objective facts of what is working and what is not; and then improve it. What is most important is doing the right thing for people, which takes courage, impartiality, and a willingness to compromise for the common good.


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