Get­ting out of a mess

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

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

West Mem­phis

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