Re­ac­tions to U.S. Se­nate’s re­jec­tion of “skinny re­peal” of Oba­macare

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Wayne Wa­then, Zach Gib­son, Getty Im­ages Jim En­gelk­ing, Ellen Pe­savento, Dou­glas Wil­ley,

I am happy that three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors, in­clud­ing John Mc­Cain, who is fight­ing for his own life, were brave enough to vote to pro­tect and save Amer­i­can cit­i­zens in­stead of tak­ing away health in­sur­ance for mil­lions of Amer­i­cans.

I think this will es­pe­cially help those al­ready hav­ing health prob­lems, in­clud­ing the poor, women and chil­dren, and many in the ru­ral ar­eas who have fewer op­tions. Un­for­tu­nately, Sen. Cory Gard­ner of Colorado was not that brave and voted against the cit­i­zens of Colorado and the na­tion.

●●● Oba­macare lives! Thanks to Sen. Michael Ben­net and all other Se­nate Democrats, in­de­pen­dents, and three Repub­li­cans. Now all sen­a­tors can start act­ing re­spon­si­bly and fix the prob­lems with Oba­macare. Make it bet­ter for We the Peo­ple. Get to work fol­low­ing regPres­i­dent ular or­der in com­mit­tees, tak­ing tes­ti­mony from peo­ple around the coun­try, in­clud­ing those on Med­i­caid, get­ting health care providers, ex­perts, in­sur­ers and state of­fi­cials to of­fer con­struc­tive ideas. Get to work for us.

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In a dis­mis­sive sort of way, I’m glad the health care bill did not pass. In this way, Oba­macare can fail all on its own and the Democrats will have no one else to blame but them­selves. (They are very good at blam­ing every­one else.) Af­ter all, they are the ones who cre­ated this mess in the first place, and it will be their job to clean it up.

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Now that we have watched the col­lapse of the Repub­li­can ef­forts to re­peal Oba­macare, it is hard not to ad­mire the fore­cast­ing abil­ity of for­mer House Speaker John Boehner. Back in Fe­bru­ary, he pre­dicted that a full re­peal and re­place of Oba­macare is “not what is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Boehner noted that “Repub­li­cans have never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care pro­posal should look like.” Per­haps they will take him se­ri­ously now when he says the so­lu­tion is to “fix the flaws” of Oba­macare “and put a more con­ser­va­tive box around it.”

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