GOP should stop dig­ging a hole and work with Dems on Oba­macare

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Jim Craft, Hugh G. Petrie,

The fact that Don­ald Trump and other Repub­li­cans are will­ing to “let Oba­macare fail” il­lus­trates that the Repub­li­can Party has lost its moral com­pass. Be­cause Repub­li­cans were un­will­ing to con­sider work­ing with Democrats to im­prove the Af­ford­able Care Act, they were doomed to try de­vel­op­ing an al­ter­na­tive health care plan that sat­is­fied the right wing of the party, and this failed, pre­dictably.

The right wing of the GOP hates en­ti­tle­ment pro­grams al­most as much as they hate taxes. They don’t care about the hu­man cost of not hav­ing a good health care plan — in fact, I sus­pect that most of them would pre­fer for pro­grams like So­cial Se­cu­rity, Medi­care and Med­i­caid to fail.

It’s way past time for the GOP to re­gain con­trol of its val­ues, aban­don­ing the ex­trem­ists that are de­stroy­ing it from within. And for health care, it’s way past time for the GOP to de­velop im­prove­ments to the ACA. If the right wing ob­jects, let them.

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The first rule of holes: If you are in a hole, stop dig­ging! It is ob­vi­ous that the Repub­li­cans are in a deep hole with their health care leg­is­la­tion. Their re­cent at­tempts to ex­tri­cate them­selves have just suc­ceeded in dig­ging the hole deeper.

And now the pres­i­dent has es­sen­tially said, “Keep on dig­ging!” There ac­tu­ally is a way to get out of the hole if the Repub­li­cans were will­ing to be real pub­lic ser­vants in­stead of ide­o­logues. Join with the Democrats to craft a bi­par­ti­san mea­sure that would im­prove health care for all Amer­i­cans. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com 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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