Letter: Republicans don’t have better plan to cover uninsured

To the editor:
What is the hue and cry from the Republicans about the upcoming presidential election? Repeal and replace Obamacare! In order to do that they (1) have to defeat President Obama and (2) they have to replace the present constitutional law of the land called the Affordable Care Act. However, when leaders of the GOP are quizzed about their replacement plan for the ACA, they speak only in generalities and have no straight answers.
On Sunday, July 1, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked three times by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace how they were planning to help 30 million Americans who are not covered by health insurance and each time he replied with some oblique remark. The truth of the matter is: they don’t have a plan for these uninsured Americans and it is not a priority for the GOP leaders. They are more focused on defeating President Obama at any cost. The recent ruling by the Supreme Court supporting the Affordable Care Act, which gives hard-working middle-class families the insurance they deserve and holds insurance companies accountable for their abuses, has sent the Republicans reeling and they will say and use anything to distort the benefits of the ACA.
The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that doesn’t have some form of health-care coverage for all of its citizens. Our good neighbors the Canadians have a publicly funded health-care system to cover all its citizens. In America a greater percentage of the bankruptcies and mortgage foreclosures are due to large, unpaid medical bills. In Minnesota approximately 9.1 percent of the population (490,000 people) do not have health care coverage due to pre-existing conditions, job loss or cost. Their only hope is for the ACA to be fully implemented to include such options as a private health insurance exchange to manage costs and make health insurance more affordable.
I believe there are 30 million reasons why the Affordable Care Act should be embraced by all Americans. It is only the beginning of a plan, that is sponsored by the Democrats, which will make us truly the land of brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
John Norman

  • Glen Posusta

    Mr. Norman, You have drank so much of the liberal koolaid that you must have almost drown in it and gotten brain damage. First it doesn’t matter if the republicans have a plan or not….Obamacare is wrong. The Dems will throw out the whole system for a few uninsured?. By the way Mr.Norman contrary to its mislabled moniker the dems healthcare plan will NOT be “affordable “to any but the poor and illeagals who now already get all the care they want at no cost. As the supreme court said OBAMACARE IS A TAX! It will be the largest tax imposed on any people since the begining of time.The majority of which will be paid by the middle class and small businesses. So much for Obama’s stand of “I will not raise taxes on anyon making less than $200,000” Yes, Mr. Norman we are the only nation NOT to have a gov’t run system cuz ours is/was better. It is the reason the rich,super rich and leaders from foriegn countries come to the U.S. for the best care in the world. Why don’t they go to Canada,Cuba,N.Korea or France?? Because socialiized medicine is bad medicine and once the U.S. is socialized nowhere else to go. There will be no new wonder drugs. There will be no new proceedures or operational techniques.,There will be no new doctors pushing the bounderies of technical advancement because the gov’t won’t allow it… or pay for it! WAKE UP! John and get off the koolaid before you and others like you bankrupt America .

  • Ryan

    I am surprised that no one has brought up the military in this. For those who are out defending our nation and putting their lives at risk in the most dangerous job it seems a little harsh to squeeze them out of TRICARE. This is one of the most unconstitutional things a government can do. We have prospered for 236 years without socialized health care and now we are implementing this on the people? No president, Democrat or Republican should do this.

  • Ryan

    Mr. Norman, with all due respect, you and all of your Democrat cronies need to leave this country so the true hardworking men and women of America can prosper once again.

  • Curious

    Mr. Norman,
    You have to be kidding about Canada’s health care. Why is it that if they need immediate care they come into the US to get it?

  • Curious

    The Dems had no plan either that’s why princess pelosi said we have to pass this bill to see what’s in it FOOLISH!!!!! We will all pay TAX TAX TAX vote those bums out of office

  • Concerned

    Lets face it the takers soon will outnumber the givers and we will go down like the titanic.
    Minnesota people like the takers that’s why the Dems are running things there. Get rid of all those takers and vote for Republicans.