Pro/con: Should Congress fund health-care reform?Yes: It’s a giant step toward social justice
By: Wayne Madsen, Tribune Media Services
Sixteen million Americans who haven’t access to medical care are eagerly awaiting the Oct. 1 start of the Affordable Care Act, and now Republicans and a few willy-nilly Democrats are saying, “No, it’s not perfect, let’s defund it and start over.”
What unprincipled malarkey. Of course, it’s not perfect!
No piece of legislation that wends its way through the sausage factory on Capitol Hill ever deserves a Grade A stamp, but implementing the legislation as it stands and making needed fixes later is a far better choice than dumping it into the waste stream whole hog.
Barring the unlikely event that Congress should suddenly follow the world’s other progressive industrialized nations and enact single-payer health care, the ACA is as good as it gets as a starter bill.
Indeed, the administration’s implementation team under the wise leadership of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius is in the process of hiring several thousand “navigators” to fan out across America and guide people through the bill’s most confusing labyrinths.
President Obama and Sibelius are confident that Americans who actually try the health-care law will like it and find it the answer to their long-term medical needs.
After all, what’s not to like when you consider its outstanding features, including:
There have been some glitches and delays along the way, but Sibelius and other administration officials are confident that things will go smoothly when consumers and businesses begin to sign up for benefits.
“We know we have a lot of work to do,” she told reporters recently, “but we’ll be ready for whatever comes up.”
That’s good news not just for millions of uninsured citizens, but more for America’s reputation as beacon for the rest of the world. At long last it puts our country on the path of social justice already taken by so many other nations.
The trip along that path may be bumpy at times, but the result will be a healthier United States — one that is able to meet all the economic challenges of what looks to be an increasingly turbulent and eventful
Wayne Madsen is a contributing writer to www.onlinejournal.com.