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Improve, don’t end, health care reform

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The Republican-elect were ecstatic following their sweeping victory at the November 2010 mid-term elections. Now, they have a majority House of Representatives (242 to 193) and they have narrowed the gap in the Senate by less than ten votes (53 to 47). They have stated they would do the following:

  • Repeal the entire Health Care law
  • Block the extension of unemployment benefits
  • Block the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military
  • Oppose ratifying the nuclear arms treaty with Russia

President Obama admitted he took a “shellacking”. Also, the media noted he seemed disconsolate. Surprisingly, this Congress had been the most productive “lame duck” since the Congress under L.B. Johnson, the 36th president (1963-1969). In fact, all the above was passed in addition to tax cuts for millions of Americans. So much for tradition. Some Republican leaders are saying they intend to make President Obama a one-term president. Based on his recent poll rating, this objective is questionable

On Jan. 5, 2011 the new Republican-elect were sworn into office. They continue to repeat their divisive, combative pretentious language to repeal or dismantle the Health Care Law signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Previous presidents since Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president (1901-1909), had been unsuccessful in their endeavor to pass such legislation; not to mention Kennedy and Clinton. They all tried to pass Health Reform. It took President Obama to get it done.

For the first time, this law has given 32 million people the right to health care insurance. To take the availability of health care away from Americans who obviously have a need is just downright wrong, insensitive and reprehensible. Casting blame on needy people as to how they got into this predicament in the first place is of no value. The fact is the people are without health benefits; the need is here, staring all of America in the face.

Implementation of sections of the Health Care Law began in September 2010. This month, January 2011, another phase of the law was activated effecting students, childcare, seniors and working class people. The Republicans prefer to repeal the entire law and begin again — time that could be better served on other needed legislation.

As President Clinton has said, if anything they should mend it – not end it!

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