A bi­par­ti­san ap­proach

Woonsocket Call - - Seniors - Herb Weiss, LRI’12, is a Paw­tucket writer cov­er­ing ag­ing, health care and med­i­cal is­sues. To pur­chase “Tak­ing Charge: Col­lected Sto­ries on Ag­ing Boldly,” a col­lec­tion of 79 of his weekly com­men­taries, go to herb­weiss.com.

Pres­i­dent Trump and Congress must fi­nally lis­ten to lis­ten to their con­stituents to cre­ate poli­cies to bring health care cov­er­age to those in need. It is time to put pol­i­tics aside and work in a bi­par­ti­san man­ner to ham­mer out a vi­able so­lu­tion to pro­vide af­ford­able health care in­sur­ance to mil­lions of Amer­i­cans with­out cov­er­age. McCain, Collins and Murkowski, did just that when they re­sisted their party’s pres­sure to vote their own per­sonal conscience not party line. They be­lieved that the bill they voted against would do more harm than good.

Oba­macare can be re­worked to be­come more cost ef­fec­tive and to pro­vide more health in­sur­ance to those in need of cov­er­age. A re­cently re­leased USA To­day/Suf­folk Univer­sity poll at the end of June says that “just 12 per­cent of Amer­i­cans sup­port the Se­nate Repub­li­can health care plan. But, “a 53 per­cent ma­jor­ity say Congress should ei­ther leave the law known as Oba­macare alone or work to fix its prob­lems while keep­ing its frame­work in­tact.”

The ma­jor­ity of Amer­ica says keep Oba­macare, but make it bet­ter. Hope­fully, law­mak­ers will lis­ten.

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