Obamacare – Give it a Rest

The success or failure of Obamacare will take some time to become apparent. The on-line sign-up process was greatly flawed but is improving. The insurance companies have started canceling policies that were cheaper and did not meet the federal standard. President Obama has offered to let those that have the less expensive policies keep them for one more year. The Democrats are disappointed with how things have turned out but most Republicans are elated; the Affordable Health Care Act, which they had fought from the very beginning even though it was a Republican idea and successful as Romneycare in Massachusetts, is taking the spot light away from their debacle of “shutting down the government.”

The expansion of Medicaid will give health care to those that need it most and yet many states have failed to take advantage of this provision of Obamacare. Ohio’s Governor Kasich has taken steps to expand Medicaid and the Republicans are still fighting against it. I don’t understand why anyone would be against access to health care for the poorest of the poor – those part-time or full-time workers, some with two jobs that struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. But then, few people were outraged when the sequester cut food stamps and congress is poised to cut them again. Somehow the lobbyists for the poor didn’t raise enough money to influence congress on this vital issue. Of course, we are a “Christian” nation and we have the “best health care in the world.”

My prayer is that the computer glitches and shortcomings will be fixed and that people without health care will be able to find a health-care plan that they can afford and that covers all their needs through the exchanges. Hopefully, more states will expand Medicaid so that the most vulnerable among us will have access to health care, that women will have access to contraception so that they can plan the number of children that they can adequately care for, and that young people will sign up for health care that they eventually will need, perhaps sooner than later. And don’t believe everything Representative Bill Johnson tells you; he is definitely not a compassionate conservative.

Carol Lazear Mitchell