Regarding the Feb. 2 column “ End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s OK”: Why do conservatives always have some better alternative to government health care reforms in theory, but never seem to get around to anything other than talking about them?
It couldn’t be that they simply value the enormous profits of certain interests in the health care industry more than they value the health and well-being of millions of people, could it? The fact is that the “replace” part of the anti-Obamacare mantra of “repeal and replace” from conservatives seems as elusive as the unicorn.
For decades health care costs soared beyond the rate of inflation year after year, and more and more Americans were left without any health care coverage when they got sick or injured. We spent a higher percentage of our GDP on health care than any other advanced nation with worse results.
For six years during the George W. Bush administration the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. But they did nothing to make our health care system more humane or more affordable. And not one of the more than 50 votes by the Republican House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act contained any of the legislative ideas espoused by Michael Strain in his column. But he’d like us to believe that they have something in mind.
Is Obamacare perfect? No. No human thing is perfect. But in the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, while “governments can err ... better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the constant omission of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” Strain’s article was pretty chilly indeed.