Guthrie can't just say no

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 According to OpenSecrets.org, a nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy, it would appear Brett Guthrie took more campaign money from healthcare interests than any other group. No wonder he’s so interested in repealing a law that make sure autistic children and people with preexisting medical conditions had access to health coverage.

There is little doubt the healthcare law has challenges. Congress has already identified several and started to work on putting fixes in place. No one is really quite sure how we can afford to pay for the law. Failure to get the American people to buy into the law before passing it was a major policy failure. The law, like so many in our country, rewards people who don’t work - a major problem that is much bigger than healthcare.

Under the present system, people who don’t pay for healthcare still get it paid for by those that actually pay for their medical bills. Part of why an aspirin cost then bucks and a Band-Aid costs as much as ten gallons of gas is because the one person who actually pays for healthcare bears the cost of all the people who just take it for free. At least the present healthcare law does something to make everyone pay.

Brett Guthrie like so many other Republicans likes to tell us “no” without offering up any solutions. He wants to scrap the current law without offering an explanation to millions of uninsured Americans about his solution for their lack of healthcare - event the working ones.

A Florida judge recently struck down the healthcare law. Guthrie may not have to work to repeal the healthcare law after all. However, it’s nice for once to not listen to another Republican complaining about activist judges. I guess they’re OK when they’re your activist judge.

Maybe someday I can afford to buy a congressman. But for now I have to use my bucks to buy some healthcare. I’m sure their lobbyists will be sure to pass on some of my hard earned cash to Guthrie.

Scott Wantland