Getting out of a mess
Unfortunately the Republicans who are trying to repeal and replace this monstrosity called Obamacare are now in a no-win situation. I have compared their situation to the old story of Br’er Rabbit and the Tar Baby. The more he fought, the more he got stuck in the tar baby. Once the “goodies” are handed out, it is almost impossible to take them back.
It should never have happened in the first place because any logical person knows the government cannot take care of everyone from cradle to grave. It sounds warm, fuzzy and loving, and we do want to care for the needy as much as possible (in the past, volunteer groups on a local level have done that), but depending on the government to take care of everyone will suck the country dry. That has been proved in other countries that have tried to do it. Quality of care goes down the drain.
If Congress does what it needs to do, there will be and already are screams of discrimination that will haunt them at the polls. Even the people who say they want it repealed do not want their particular “goody” taken away. How is Congress supposed to please everybody and stop the financial bleeding at the same time? Impossible!
So what is the answer? If we are going to get health care back to a sustainable, reasonable situation, interstate competition among insurance companies must be allowed to take its course. It can make care available at a reasonable cost, allow individuals to get the coverage they want, and allow companies to survive. If insurance companies do not make a profit, they cannot survive. That is what business is.
Give each state control over its health-care problems. Solving problems like this is better handled at a smaller level where they are more in touch with the needs in their area.
But as I have said, there is no answer that will please everyone. The “tar baby” lies in wait for those who are trying to fix the problem. Democrats got us into this mess, and getting out looks dire. BARBARA DODGE