October 24, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Republicans: Improve Obamacare, don’t fight it
Why not change Obamacare? That’s the way our democracy is designed to work
The Republican Party is obsessed with repealing Obamacare, as the House of Representatives has voted 40 plus times for repeal. The Republican-controlled House was willing to partially shut down our government for 16 days, and tried to hold our country hostage by not raising the debt ceiling [“Obama concedes tech glitches but defends health-care law,” page one, Oct. 22].
It is estimated that $24 billion was lost from our economy during those 16 days, and the gross domestic product for the year was lowered from 3 percent to 2.4 percent during this manufactured crisis, which was completely avoidable.
The Affordable Care Act was passed into law by the House, the Senate, signed by the president and upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court. In the 2012 election, one of Mitt Romney’s campaign promises was that if elected president he would repeal Obamacare, and he was soundly defeated.
Why not change Obamacare? That’s the way our democracy is designed to work.
Go out and work hard to elect members of Congress and a president who can make that change. Members of the House are up for re-election in 2014, Sen. Patty Murray in 2016, Sen. Maria Cantwell in 2018 and the president in 2016. But until you elect a Congress and president who would repeal Obamacare, why not work to improve it? And maybe by the time that ever happens, you will come to like Obamacare.
Lee Bowen, Sequim
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