GOP Shouldn't Use Obamacare to Shut Down Government

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

An Old Wound Cripples the U.S.


I’m hopeful that the partial shutdown of the federal government will have come to an end by the time you see this. But whether or not that is the case, I have a few thoughts about it that I’d like to share with you. First an analogy: Marriage counselors often say couples should not bring up old issues every time they have a new disagreement. To a certain extent, I think this is what’s happening between the two political parties right now. Whether you like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It was passed several years ago. It was a key topic in the 2012 Presidential election. And guess what? The President, whose name is now tied to that act under the moniker of Obamacare, won. I watched with great interest the recent remarks of John McCain about the battle over this Act. He was a passionate fighter in that battle. He campaigned widely against it in 2012. But even he says: enough is enough. I’m sure those who are dead-set against Obamacare consider McCain a traitor. But before they use that word, please remember his valiant war record. John McCain loves this country. I will gladly admit that I do not understand all of what it in the Affordable Care Act. But I would also venture to say that most of its defenders and opponents, don’t either. It’s a very complex piece of legislation. As I have observed here before, I would bet that most people had no idea of ALL of the details in the Social Security Act or the Medicare Act or hundreds of other pieces of legislation when they were passed. It would be easier to side with the opponents of so-called Obamacare, if I thought that any of them had a completely thought-out way to get medical costs under control in this country. But they don’t. They may say they do. But no other plan has survived the months of intense fighting that went on prior to the passage of this version. So to tie the overturning of the Affordable Care Act to whether the country can be open for business and conduct its business is in my opinion, beyond the pale. That’s this week’s editorial. -------------------------------------- A couple of other things I did not have time to say on TV: I read where Pres. Obama said recently that the Republican party will stop calling the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare" when it begins working. (I might amend that statement to say "IF" it works). But that's probably right! I also read recently about a survey that showed a higher percentage of people approved of "The Affordable Care Act" than approve of "Obamacare." Of course, there the exact same thing! But the GOP has done a tremendous job using the president's name to cast a negative light on the ACA. You may or may not agree with the Republicans, but in terms of pure game tactics, they're done a good job with that!

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