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Health Care Is A Moral Issue


March 9, 2017

Seven years ago, in March 2010, Josh Holmes, adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell, and other Republican functionaries came up with the phrase “repeal and replace.” The House Republicans have since voted 52 different times either to repeal (and replace?) the ACA, defund particular aspects of it (with the indirect intent to kill ACA) or to delay other elements of the original bill.

For seven years, the Republicans have been marching to the “repeal and replace” drumbeat. In that same seven years, the Republicans have not put forth a single draft plan to replace the ACA, not one.

Yet County Commissioner Jason Chappell wants us to believe that members of the House Freedom Caucus intend to “promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.” Further, he notes that he has been privileged to have personal conversations with Rep. Meadows in which he was told that the plans (not yet public) of Senator Paul and Rep. Sanford are “the best options.” Here, parenthetically, I would note that Rep. Meadows has not generally been available to folks seeking him out to voice concerns about the directions being taken by the current Congress and president.

If even President Trump has discovered a mere six weeks into his presidency that “Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” why is it that the Republicans, who, after all, have had a lead time of seven years, have been unable to come up with a plan that they are willing to expose to the light of day?

I have to conclude that, despite what Commissioner Chappell claims, the Republicans have not been the least bit interested in the “replace” part of “repeal and replace” and are equally disinterested in the “safety and prosperity” of the average or poor citizen.

How can you be safe or prosperous if you are sick or unable to afford health care, or worse, both? This conclusion is only reinforced by the recent action to reintroduce lead shot into the environment.

Commissioner Hawkins is right: Health care is a moral issue.

Peter Mockridge



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