Letters to the Editor

The health care bill that wouldn’t die

This summer blockbuster opens with Dr. Trumpenstein yelling, “It’s still alive!” Mitch McIgor lumbers off to gather old health care bills that died long ago. “We can use these to build our new plan, Master.” Outside, the villagers are pleading, “No!” “Save us from Trumpencare!”

The scariest part of this parody is it’s true. After Trumpcare died in the Senate, for the second time, the president and GOP leaders decided to use years-old amendments to create a “New & Improved” Trumpcare. This latest attempt proves they don’t care what health care is, so long as it isn’t Obamacare.

During the Obama administration Republican congressman and senators voted on countless amendments to Obamacare, which they knew would never become law. For that reason, the amendments were never vetted for effectiveness or scored for what they’d cost to implement. Some of these amendments were voted on so long ago they’re barely relevant. Yet, our representatives will spend the next few days stringing together a “greatest hits” list of amendments that most Republicans will vote for and call it a health care plan.

We need to tell our representatives to stop trying to kill Obamacare. Let them know there is a third choice beyond repeal and replace. Why not try repair?

Wendy LaFauce, Belvidere

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