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.

JEANMARIE MAKO

Pet­ti­grew that such a fe­tus, if un­wanted by the par­ent(s), shall be­come a ward of the state and that the mother be in­formed that her child was kept alive against her wishes.

This would ap­ply to fe­tuses at 19 weeks or less be­cause the state out­laws abor­tion at any later date. This stands in di­rect con­flict with the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion’s rec­om­men­da­tion that “re­sus­ci­ta­tion should be with­held when the ges­ta­tional age is less than 23 weeks, birth weight is less than 400 grams, anen­cephaly is present, or with a con­firmed di­ag­no­sis of tri­somy 13 or 18.”

Of course it’s no sur­prise that the Arkansas Leg­is­la­ture thinks it knows bet­ter than doc­tors. Or par­ents who have de­cided for a com­plex set of rea­sons to terminate the preg­nancy.

Arkansas can’t af­ford to take care of nor­mal chil­dren, much less pro­vide for five months of neona­tal med­i­cal in­ten­sive care. The costs don’t stop there. Ex­treme pre­ma­tu­rity comes with a host of life­long dis­abil­i­ties. Amid the cries for cuts to Med­i­caid ex­penses, now we’ve got money to force life on aborted fe­tuses?

I be­lieve this out­ra­geous leg­is­la­tion steps far be­yond the state’s proper role. The de­ci­sion to pro­duce a child rests with the par­ent(s). Pe­riod. DENELE CAMP­BELL

West Fork

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