What about moral argument in favor of Obamacare?

November 25, 2013 

Many readers have criticized my recent defense of Obamacare (Letters, Nov. 8). I must be doing something right!

But I am distressed that critics don't seem to care that we are the only developed country in the world where citizens still go bankrupt because of medical bills. Or, even worse, die from lack of care. This isn't just a political fight; it is a moral issue.

Let me remind you of some facts about Obamacare, aside from those already over-discussed.

First: This plan is designed by the Enterprise Institute, a Republican think tank, and implemented statewide in Massachusetts by a Republican governor. It has been supported by many Republicans.

Naturally, it is not perfect. A single payer plan, like Medicare for all, would have been simpler, cheaper and easier. But Republican legislators would not accept this plan even though a majority of Americans preferred it.

The rollout has been a bit rough, but Democrats always have to follow different rules from Republicans. Bush's drug plan had a similarly rough beginning, as did the Massachusetts medical plan, but their computer glitches weren't huge media issues like Obamacare has been.

Now we even find that the Obamacare computer program has been sabotaged to overload it. Is that Obama's fault too?

Obamacare has the additional obstacle of a highly organized, heavily funded nationwide campaign by the two richest men in America, the Koch brothers, to discredit the plan and persuade governors not to expand Medicaid in their states.

Don't any Republicans care about the millions of Americans without insurance, who suffer and die because of it? Is everything political first, last and always?

I'm sure the Koch Brothers, and John Boehner, have the best medical care that money can buy. Why deny basic coverage to other Americans?

Myra Jones


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