Friday, October 25, 2013
The Affordable Care Act is law despite the preferences of some Congress members. The court challenge failed, so now it is Congress’ job to work together to help the system (and economy) succeed, not fail. That might mean that changes will be required in the distribution, funding and the services themselves. How will we know until it is tested?
The Affordable Care Act is a huge and complicated program, and it might well be too expensive as it is funded currently, even with millions more paying into it. (Of course, the more people who buy in, the better it will work.)
When problems arise, as they will, our Congress needs to look for real, workable solutions. The tea party-backed candidates state that once the public gets a taste of government-assisted health care, it will be too late to reverse course, but they offered no alternatives.
Clearly, the health-care system as it has been, is not sustainable. Most people whose employers provide health-care insurance have no idea how impossibly expensive and painfully limited health-care insurance is on the individual market.
I didn’t until I had a disastrous surgery that left me barely alive and without a hip joint for a year. Due to my predicted recovery time, my employer replaced me. That was my awakening.
Since then, I have worked for health-care reform, which I am glad finally has arrived. It isn’t the system I would have chosen, but it is a place to start. If you are concerned that it might need changing, please take the time to learn about it and help fine tune it by getting involved.
There is an organization based in Pasco, Community Action Connections, that is offering a two-day training for volunteers to learn about the system and how to help others sign up for the plan best suited to their needs and budget. I plan to attend the training on Tuesday and Wednesday here in Walla Walla.
Let us move away from the politics of obstruction and move into a spirit of cooperative problem-solving. Perhaps, then, we can regain the pride we have in our country and those we elected to solve the problems we face.
Patricia Divine Wilder