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ACA core conservative

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The heart of the Affordable Care Act is based on conservative principles that were promoted by some Republicans in the early 1990s as a free market alternative to the onerous “Clintoncare” proposal.

It had been road-tested in one state, Massachusetts, as a bipartisan agreement between the Democratic Legislature and Republican governor (Mitt Romney).

Unfortunately, the Washington Democratic Party bureaucrats were not content to implement the original concept to expand coverage using the free enterprise system. They irresponsibly packed it with far too many additional provisions, leading to Nancy Pelosi’s infamous statement that ACA would need to be passed before we could know everything that was in it.

I anticipated “glitches” in the healthcare.gov website rollout, but not the disaster that has occurred. The Obama administration had over three years to prepare; their incompetence is staggering.

Fortunately, the website eventually will be fixed, and people eventually will enroll in compliant plans. Fortunately, ACA is not socialized medicine and is not the liberal pipe dream of single payer (“Medicare for everyone”).

The core of ACA is a noble, conservative attempt to reach universal health care while preserving the private health care insurance industry. Reality check: This didn’t change from a good idea 20 years ago to a bad idea now just because Obama got behind it. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water by attempting to scuttle or sabotage all of ACA.

There is much legitimate criticism and ACA absolutely needs fixing. But don’t hate the entire law.

Stan Perrin

Crystal Lake

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