28 July, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Re: Your KISS solution
I’m sure the sense of utter relief I feel on the (I hope final) death blow to “repeal and replace” is shared by the vast majority of my fellow Americans, if not by you. We have been left twisting in the partisan political winds for far too long. Senator John McCain’s vote, late last night, put paid to the “skinny” version—which was in fact so skinny as to be invisible. It was simply a ruse to throw the already stinking corpse back to the House for you members of Congress to resuscitate. You must be happy, I assume, to be relieved of that responsibility. But who knows…
A propos of which, I read your KISS (the sainted Ronald Reagan’s “Keep It Simple, Stupid”) op-ed piece on the health care piece in USA today. Your solution is to shift responsibility for pre-existing conditions over to Medicare and leave everyone else to fend for themselves, so far as health care insurance is concerned. I’m afraid your solution is too simple. Even Trump had begun to notice what “nobody knew before”, that health care is a thorny issue. I think, first, you’d have trouble persuading your Republican colleagues to add massively to the costs of Medicare. And then, what happens to all those who in their infinite (and probably juvenile) wisdom opt out of insurance altogether, only to be hit by a disastrous accident or serious illness or disease? Do we just let them die? Or force them and their families into financial ruin, in view of their irresponsibility?
So what happens next? It’s unconscionable to “let Obamacare fail”, as your dear leader suggests. You Republican members of Congress, along with the Senate, must now work together with Democrats to improve the health care system that we have. In many ways, it is working well for the American people. It needs good faith efforts to make it work still better.
And of course, as you’re by now tired of hearing me say, there’s always single-payer… (KISS!)
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.