Health bill’s col­lapse and Trump’s sug­ges­tion to “let Oba­macare fail”

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Vicky Henry, Pool/Getty Im­ages Kathy Tay­lor, Richard Tay­lor, Bobbi Bar­row,

“‘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 open­fo­rum@den­ver­ 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.

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