Re­form needs re­pair

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Well, we dodged a bul­let with Trump­care, no credit to our leg­is­la­tors. Now it’s safe for Sens. Tom Cot­ton and John Booz­man to come out in fa­vor of it. They know it won’t pass, so they can mol­lify their con­ser­va­tive base and not have to live with the con­se­quences. Let’s hope they soon re­al­ize that there is no way to rec­on­cile the ex­tremes in the GOP, and just hold their noses and work with the Democrats to get a good bill passed.

If the Se­nate does noth­ing, pre­mi­ums will con­tinue to go up, and peo­ple like me will no longer have med­i­cal in­sur­ance. It may be avail­able, but if I can’t pay for it, I don’t have it.

The Af­ford­able Care Act needs to be fixed. Call it re­peal if that makes it more palat­able—just fix it!


John­son is de­pen­dent on in­sur­ance be­cause that’s the only way peo­ple can af­ford to pay for most ser­vices. Be­cause this is in­sur­ance and not a health sav­ings ac­count, the over­all cost to the in­di­vid­ual de­pends on the num­ber of peo­ple who are in the in­sur­ance ex­change. The fact that the Af­ford­able Care Act makes it manda­tory for ev­ery­one to buy in­sur­ance so the cost to the in­di­vid­u­als who need the in­sur­ance is low­ered rubs many peo­ple the wrong way, es­pe­cially those who do not want or need health care.

How­ever, Amer­i­cans need to ac­cept that health care is a fun­da­men­tal right be­cause we are all go­ing to need med­i­cal at­ten­tion at one point. There­fore, my rec­om­men­da­tion to Congress is to take part of our sales tax to pay for health care.



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