Letter: Obamacare’s Republican roots
Arguing politics isn’t my favorite pastime. But when I see ignorance masquerading as fact-based opinion, I feel compelled to speak. So for those history-challenged, low-information voters, those who get their “facts” from the haters and screamers out on the fringes, I offer the following:
Some 20 years ago, America’s leading conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, developed a plan it confidently said would fix America’s health-care problems. The plan was quickly endorsed by the then-Republic speaker of the House and his caucus.
A Republican governor from New England not only endorsed the plan but successfully implemented it, covering fully 96 percent of his state’s eligible population.
Nationwide only 83 percent are covered, leaving more than 30 million Americans without coverage, many of whom simply can’t afford it.
These plans, developed by a Republican think tank, endorsed by a Republican House and implemented by a Republican governor, included both a mandate and financial penalties for non-participation.
They also included financial assistance for those who needed it. Now, when a Democratic president of the United States, one of African-American persuasion, offers virtually the same plan, he is labeled a commie-socialist pervert bent on the economic destruction of our cherished and hard-won American way of life. Go figure! But then again, I think I can.
JAY B. WELSH