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Dear Mr. President,
Your words – “we will watch Obamacare explode” – leave me sickened.
Obamacare may be a flawed system, but it has provided health care to millions who did not have it before. My son, a part-time teacher, is one of the beneficiaries of this system. Before Obamacare, he had no health insurance, and it was too expensive an option to purchase on his low salary with student loans to repay. With Obamacare, he was able to find good health care and the premiums were affordable. I know the premiums are going up each year, but at least it provides a safety net for vulnerable Americans.
You were saying Friday that Obamacare was rammed through Congress by the Democrats. Seems like the same thing was going on this year but by the Republicans instead. The new legislation was flawed, and many people contacted their representatives in Congress to express concern. The new plan did not cover the important services Obamacare mandates of insurers (like prenatal, prescription drug, and mental health services), was just as expensive, if not more so, for many Americans, and didn’t seem to have important improvements in coverage and price. The Republican plan at latest estimates seemed to leave 24 million Americans uninsured. That is unacceptable.
You said repeatedly that the Democrats were not team players, and they are the ones responsible for defeating your health care bill. Take a look at Congress – it has a Republican majority in the House and the Senate. Your bill could have been passed by Republicans alone. However, some Republicans chose to listen to their hearts or their constituents, and were prepared to vote against the party line. You spoke of their disloyalty. Don’t they have a responsibility to the people they represent?
Your words were divisive. Several days ago you were boasting that the Republicans controlled Congress. Now you’re bashing the Democrats for defeating the health care bill. Republicans defeated the health care bill. That isn’t a surprise, but perhaps if the Democrats and Republicans could work together, there would be major improvements in health care, and in many other areas that need attention. Instead of blaming others or taking your marbles and going home, maybe you could take a leadership role in that cooperation between parties. It just might work.
Maybe eventually everyone will have great health care, because illness and accident are neither Republican nor Democrat.