Health bill’s collapse and Trump’s suggestion to “let Obamacare fail”
“‘Let Obamacare fail,’ Trump declares as GOP plan collapses,” July 19 news story.
Over these past six months, the American people have been jerked around unmercifully with threats of taking away their health care. Now that the Republicans have not yet succeeded in their most recent attack on our health care coverage, the president makes the cruel, inhumane and savage statement that he and the Republicans will “let Obamacare fail.”
Yes, Mr. President, your party is in charge. Yes, you and your party can play the part of the bully in this fiasco. Your party has already sabotaged the Affordable Care Act and is destabilizing the insurance markets due to uncertainty. You do own this destruction.
Let me pass along a saying that well describes what we are suffering: “A Republican says if it hasn’t happened to me, I don’t care. A Democrat says it shouldn’t happen to anyone, that’s why I care.”
Insurance policy, by definition, requires stability. Costs are calculated based on reasonably predictable variables. Repealing the Affordable Care Act and speculating on some vague “wonderful” plan two years later will throw the sysThen, tem completely into chaos. Insurance companies will bail out of markets. People will be dumped. A huge economic sector will go into a tailspin. Letting Obamacare fail is totally irresponsible. It may be flawed, but it has a structure that can be strengthened.
There are fixes for the ACA. They require bipartisan cooperation. Please may we ask for adult behavior from both sides of the aisle?
I did not vote for Sen. Cory Gardner, but I understood why he was elected and hoped his promise to work for all Americans would be realized. Unfortunately, we have witnessed his quick plunge into the swamp that is Washington politics. He holed up with other elite Republicans and drafted a health care plan that abandoned the poor and sick in favor of the very wealthy. when it came time for public scrutiny of the plan, he remained silent, allowing others to offer their stands on the bill while he timidly stood behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to see which way the wind was blowing. We still do not know his position.
Please, Mr. Gardner, show some backbone and do your job. You were elected to lead, not kowtow to party and president and focus on re-election.
I’m not sure why the powers that be in Washington don’t accept the fact that Americans feel secure under the Affordable Care Act, which is why the polls revealed that only 12 percent of them supported the proposed repeal bill. Remember the bad old days when people were afraid to change jobs because of fears about health insurance? Surely the members of Congress can find a way to solve the problems in the individual markets.
With the majority of Americans covered by Medicare (most with supplemental private insurance), Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, TriCare, Indian Health Service, SCHIP, or — importantly — employer health care insurance (61 percent), just 8 percent shop in the open individual market. Let’s find a way to help these people feel secure, too. Send letters of 150 words or fewer to firstname.lastname@example.org or 101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 800, Denver, CO, 80202. Please include full name, city and phone number. Contact information is for our purposes only; we will not share it with anyone else. You can reach us by telephone at 303-954-1331.