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

    • Jan McDowell says:

      Whether Texas takes the Medicaid expansion or not is not up to Federal representatives. That is a matter for State government.

      Texas has already missed out on billions in federal funding that would otherwise have flowed to the state to provide medical care for their low-income residents. And in addition, the state’s emergency rooms are providing $5.5 billion in uncompensated care each year, treating patients who don’t have health insurance. If Medicaid had been expanded, uncompensated care would have dropped considerably.


  1. Chris says:

    I suppose my only concern with this was the statement “no viable replacement plan”. Speaking only for
    myself. I don’t believe our government should be in the health care business.

    However, saying that, do feel something should be done about hospital cost.
    Working in the medical device industry for almost two decades. I have seen the cost of the product and the outrageous mark up on those products. And then that mark up get tripled on the hospital level.

  2. 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.

  3. Right on! What proposals do you have to “fix” and support ACA?

    • Jan McDowell 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.

      • Bryan S. says:

        What about Medicare 4 ALL?
        Which would include the ability to negotiate drug prices, subsidized premiums, and bring overall cost down while still holding quality care up……

        • Jan McDowell says:

          I would certainly go along with Medicare for All. By whatever name, we need to get to universal healthcare coverage. It is a right for all, not a privilege for those who can afford it.

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