The Dallas Morning News published my Letter to the Editor Sunday about “Obamacare” and the Republic efforts to destroy it without having a viable replacement plan. You can read my full letter below or find it included on the Dallas Morning News site along with other letters from people who are concerned about the future of healthcare.

Republicans, end the charade

Republicans in Congress keep saying they have to keep their promise to the American people. In every election since 2010, many people have made it clear that they hated Obamacare.

Now, without a viable plan to repeal and replace it, the leaders have to keep trying, because they promised. But people now see that their insurance coverage is in jeopardy, and they overwhelmingly don’t want Congress to proceed with their repeal-and-replace efforts.

So, why did people think all along that Obamacare was such a bad thing? Maybe because their leaders in Congress have been telling them so ever since 2010? Was the whole campaign against the Affordable Care Act just politics all along? Tie the name Obama to it, and tell voters it was awful, repeatedly, because that somehow makes it true.

Now that voters have seen the truth, and realize that they rely on the insurance coverage they’ve had since Obamacare began, it’s time for Republicans in Congress to drop the charade. Let’s work on making our current system better.

But stop saying that Obamacare is not working. Its only problems now are being created by the politicians who desperately want it to fail so their deceptions won’t be revealed.

Jan McDowell, Carrollton

    • jmcdowell says:

      In the many states, like Texas, that haven’t expanded Medicaid, that would be a great place to start.

      Also, my understanding is that several steps have been taken by the Trump administration to deliberately undermine the ACA’s functionality. Like cutting off the advertising for open enrollment, and stoking uncertainty about payments of the subsidies for low-income people. That pushes insurance companies to back out, since they are unsure that they’ll receive payment from their insureds. Voila…the ACA is imploding.

      I certainly think the government should be able to negotiate the prices for prescription drugs, just as other insurers do. I think there are many solid proposals from people who have studied healthcare finance, and legislators should take the time to understand those. Decisions should come from ideas designed to improve the system, not to win elections.

  1. Steven O. spurger says:

    Jan McDowell would sure make a smarter and more empathetic replacement to Kenny Marchant in US District 24. Marchant to me seems he’s only in Congress for the cash.

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