I am a retired physician and lifelong Republican voter. I have, for a number of years, believed our current health care system was in need of an overhaul. I don’t know if Obamacare is the solution and only time will tell.
I do have a problem with the Republican response to this issue. For the eight years of the Bush presidency, much of which with a majority in both houses of Congress, nothing substantial was done to improve health care. When Obamacare was introduced, the Republicans in the House and Senate sat on their hands and assumed an obstructionist posture.
Now that the law has been passed by the representatives elected by the people, the Republicans are trying to defund it. A lot of time and energy has been wasted pursuing a course that has no chance of succeeding. The most recent iteration is shutting the government down through anti-Obamacare attachments to the continuing resolution, all of which are DOA from the get-go.
It’s time for Republicans to buck up and do their jobs. I am tired of the juvenile, Mickey Mouse political games they substitute for the real job of governing. It’s time for this legislative malpractice to cease and real efforts made to solve the problems that face our country, in particular regarding health care.
They should pass a clean continuing resolution and then work to fix and/or replace Obamacare through the processes established by the Founders. As for my vote, unless the Republican Party stops this dysfunctional behavior, come election time I will do one of two things: I will vote Democratic, or I will not vote at all.
Marvin Bittinger, M.D.