Party be­fore coun­try

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

How can so many sup­pos­edly in­tel­li­gent and knowl­edge­able adults be elected to Congress, spend so much time there, and ac­com­plish so lit­tle in the way of re­sponse to the coun­try’s needs?

We have heard Don­ald Trump pro­claim loudly for the past year that he would “re­peal and re­place the to­tal dis­as­ter known as Oba­macare” im­me­di­ately upon tak­ing over the White House. He promised to make avail­able with­out de­lay a health-care plan which would be much less ex­pen­sive and bet­ter than Oba­macare. His sup­port­ing cast — Paul Ryan, Mitch McCon­nell, and their fel­low Repub­li­cans who con­trol Congress — con­tin­ues to slog fear­lessly through the swamp, but seems to be get­ting fur­ther from any res­o­lu­tion of the prob­lem.

It seems only ap­pro­pri­ate to men­tion that not a sin­gle neg­a­tive Demo­cratic vote stands in the way of their suc­cess. Nor have the Repub­li­cans al­lowed any Demo­crat to take part in the process.

We are six months into the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, and Trump and friends are now pro­mot­ing al­low­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act to re­main in ef­fect while hop­ing for and abet­ting its fail­ure, fully aware of the harm­ful con­se­quences which will be­fall Amer­ica. Ad­mit­tedly, it seems worse to al­low them to pass any ver­sion of a health-care law they have yet de­vised.

At what point does to­tal ab­ject par­ti­san­ship have a chance to be­come less im­por­tant to the GOP than re­call­ing and fac­ing their con­stituents’ needs, or re­call­ing the oaths they took upon as­sum­ing of­fice to up­hold and per­form the goals out­lined in the pream­ble to the Con­sti­tu­tion? DEN­NIS A. BERRY


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