Re­pair, don’t re­peal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

My ad­mi­ra­tion to Rep. Steve Wo­mack for meet­ing with his con­stituents in West Fork, even the ones who didn’t vote for him. One thing I heard him say clearly was that “the peo­ple of Arkansas sent me to Wash­ing­ton to get a hold of spend­ing.” I agree. Here’s my ques­tion: How many bil­lions of dol­lars will be spent de­stroy­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act only to try to re­build it? Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to fix the pro­gram al­ready in place?

Parts of the ACA worked. Thou­sands of peo­ple in Arkansas got med­i­cal in­sur­ance for the first time. It’s not per­fect, but it’s some­thing, and now it ap­pears we are about to get noth­ing but a sug­ges­tion that we open a sav­ings ac­count. A health sav­ings ac­count is a great idea; I have one. But my HSA will not re­duce the price of in­sur­ance for my kids, and it will not make my in­sur­ance com­pany treat me fairly. Good old “Oba­macare” did both. Parts of the ACA worked be­cause hun­dreds of peo­ple from the med­i­cal and in­sur­ance in­dus­tries co­op­er­ated with our gov­ern­ment to build it.

Who did not co­op­er­ate? Mem­bers of Congress like Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wo­mack. They in­sist on de­stroy­ing a huge pro­gram we al­ready paid to build and now want to spend mil­lions more to re­place it. I be­lieve that is money wasted, it is gov­ern­ment spend­ing out of con­trol, and not what we sent him to Wash­ing­ton to do.



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