Health care woes political
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To the Editor,

The Affordable Care Act is flawed. All in all, however, it has been beneficial to our general population. It needs upgrading and updating. The goal is to have a better health care program for the United States. Our recent efforts have failed largely because the objective was wrong. The goal was not to improve health care, but to repeal Obamacare. That is a political objective, not a national one. No wonder it failed.

Very few laws or national programs are perfect. And even those few that were often become outdated or misappropriated. Almost every national program requires periodic updating and improvement. Health care is a major part of that needed action. The disturbing problem here is that health care became political. Just naming it Obamacare, was itself a detriment. It made it political instead of national. The Republicans spent seven years trying to remove the political facets of health care. Obamacare was seen as a Democratic program, not a national one. But let us consider. It was called Obamacare because it was passed under President Obama.

Rather than kill a reasonably successful program, update it and improve it. If it is improved under Donald Trump, in today’s political environment, it will probably be called Trumpcare. Isn’t that what he wants? Why bother fighting with Democrats and repealing a working program, when you can get the same results by making things better? This failure was a direct result of publicly focusing on the political aspects of health care rather on the benefits desired.

This is a prime example of the problem of becoming too political. Almost every law or program enacted by congress was debated and modified by the two parties struggling and finding a solution that served both of them. Let us continue that difficult, but productive process in health care. Let’s focus on the results, rather than on the politics. That will serve all the people, not just one political party or another.

Jeremy Gorman

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