What’s good for U.S.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I re­cently re­newed my driver’s li­cense and took the op­por­tu­nity to change my party des­ig­na­tion to in­de­pen­dent. I don’t be­lieve ei­ther party’s ex­treme po­si­tions re­flect who I am or what I be­lieve is good for Amer­ica.

To that point, I am amazed that af­ter eight years of com­plain­ing about Oba­macare, the Repub­li­cans have been un­able to present a well-crafted, im­proved plan that re­ally is good for American fam­i­lies. House Repub­li­cans passed a hur­ried mess that was so bad the Se­nate did not even deem it wor­thy of dis­cus­sion.

The Se­nate de­cided they would de­velop a bill in “se­cret” and rush through a vote be­fore peo­ple had time to re­al­ize it would be as bad as the House ef­fort. Our sen­a­tor, Tom Cot­ton, was a mem­ber of the all-male com­mit­tee re­spon­si­ble for this won­der­ful pro­posal. When asked to com­ment, he said he needed to study the bill first. Re­ally? You helped write it, you should un­der­stand ev­ery de­tail.

Tom Cot­ton and the Repub­li­cans have a prob­lem—they swore they would “re­peal and re­place Oba­macare.” The prob­lem is they have noth­ing bet­ter to of­fer. Re­cently this news­pa­per pre­sented facts show­ing that one third of Arkansans are covered by Med­i­caid. Med­i­caid paid for half of the births in Arkansas. Med­i­caid paid $800 mil­lion to­ward nurs­ing home care in Arkansas. Un­der all plans pre­sented by the Repub­li­cans so far, Med­i­caid gets slashed, as­sum­ing the states will pick up the cost.

I’m sure Tom Cot­ton knows this is a bad plan, and that is why he hasn’t re­ally come out and en­dorsed it. John Booz­man gen­er­ally is a good GOP mem­ber, vot­ing what is good for the party, not nec­es­sar­ily what is good for Arkansas.

This has al­ways been about win­ning a po­lit­i­cal vic­tory and de­stroy­ing Oba­macare. We need our se­na­tors to step up and do what is good for the American peo­ple, who have made it clear that they don’t hate Oba­macare. We need a bi­par­ti­san plan that builds on what is in place and makes it work for the most peo­ple.

JOHN K. GREEN

Eureka Springs

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