Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act as being constitutional, folks are beginning to learn much more about the good features of this badly-needed law. In my opinion, the Court’s decision was a good thing for America. President Obama has taken a stand on this issue and has given folks in our country healthcare protections and benefits that are badly needed. He accomplished that which many others before him tried to do and failed. Based on reliable estimates, the new law will not only protect the almost 50 million American citizens who are currently uninsured, it will, over time, reduce health costs for all citizens and will result in a much healthier population.
Providing affordable health care for all citizens is most important and without a doubt the right thing to do. Playing political games on the issue of healthcare may well backfire on those who recklessly move in that direction. Some of the talk show hosts who have been critical of the law have obviously never read it. Unfortunately, it appears that some of our elected leaders are also uninformed about the law. The U.S. House of Representatives on July 10th voted to repeal the law – with the vote falling along partisan lines. This was nothing more than a political ploy aimed at the general election. The bill will never pass the Senate.
This law – while not perfect – is certainly a step in the right direction. There is no way to justify having millions of our citizens without access to quality, affordable health care. I believe this is a right of all Americans and not merely a privilege. I find it most interesting that the GOP nominee for President – the man who provided the model for what is now referred to as “Obamacare” – is in favor of repealing the new law. Considering that “Romneycare” has worked very well in Massachusetts, with over 98% of that state’s citizens having health insurance coverage at affordable rates, it’s most interesting that the Republican Party leaders and the man who believed it was good – before he was told it was bad – want to deny quality, affordable healthcare for all American citizens.
We should thank President Obama for his courageous stand on this issue and give this law a chance to work. There has been a great deal of false and misleading information put out on what the new law does and doesn’t do, and most of it has come from those who have never even read the Act. Hopefully, President Obama and those who supported the law in Congress will now do a better job of explaining to the American people how the new law will affect them. Congress should not repeal the law, but instead improve it. Incidentally, all members of Congress currently have and enjoy excellent healthcare coverage. Any member of Congress who works to deny American citizens quality, affordable healthcare should be embarrassed. Shame on those who fall in that category!
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