Summer Savings! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Readers Respond
News Opinion Readers Respond

Don't let the lobbyists drive the debate over heath care reform

In the wake of a ridiculous and predictably futile 40th attempt by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare, I have become quite tired of all the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of attempts at health care reform perpetrated on both sides of the congressional aisle.

Therefore, I believe it is time for someone to point out that the Affordable Care Act should be considered from a far different perspective. Is Obamacare a good law or a bad one? That debate is almost completely irrelevant.

It is, first and foremost, an important law. Why? Because it finally puts an extensive package of health care reforms on the books.

Doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical firms and all sorts of other corporate health care interests have, since the time of President Theodore Roosevelt, been able to purchase enough of Congress to keep most forms of health care reform off the books for over 100 years.

Well, now that reform is on the books and good, bad or indifferent, it must be dealt with.

Congress has the power to add, repeal or adjust any law. The only difference in the health care reform process is that now, with the law on the books, instead of lobbyists controlling the process in private, the legislative process will have to be become public enough that have an opportunity to see how this particular sausage is made.

In addition, the public may finally have a say in how health care reform will go forward in this country if it chooses to exercise that right. Congress has kow-towed to the medical lobby for 100 years. It is time to contact our elected officials and make our voices heard. Don't let the lobbyists speak for you.

And remember, the Declaration of Independence grants us the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — none of which are available if one doesn't have one's health.

Rudi Lamy

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • An incomplete report on payments to doctors from drug companies [Letter]

    It actually doesn't do much good to head up an article about payments to doctors by telling readers that a doctor invented a great new device and the company sent him a check for royalties ("Payments to doctors from drug companies, device makers revealed," Oct. 4).

  • Medicare deserves support

    Medicare deserves support

    Last Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that we ought to phase out Medicare and that the nation needs to "move to a new system that allows them to have something, because they're not going to have anything." Mr. Bush also praised Rep. Paul Ryan, the architect of a long-term...

  • Health exchange still a hassle

    Health exchange still a hassle

    I found The Sun's editorial, "Beyond the website" (Nov. 23), about how well the new-and-improved Maryland Health Connection had launched to be ironic and not in a good way. Perhaps you should have looked beyond the health insurance website itself to see if the system really had been improved from...

  • Md. health exchange still a problem

    Md. health exchange still a problem

    No matter what one hears, the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange is still a difficult system to navigate ("Give yourself the gift of quality health care," Dec. 3). I have spent the last week trying to create an account, but since my situation isn't typical, I am on my own. The insurance broker...

  • Give yourself the gift of quality health care

    Give yourself the gift of quality health care

    It's December and quickly creeping toward the next holiday season. We have had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. How about taking a step back and giving a gift to yourself?

  • Dems' clout dims

    Dems' clout dims

    Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin should realize it's not about the bacon; they were elected to protect the residents of Maryland from federal overreach.

  • Why don't Dems question Md.'s flawed health exchange rollout?

    Why don't Dems question Md.'s flawed health exchange rollout?

    Who are Gov. Martin O'Malley and Attorney General Doug Gansler trying to kid? The reason potential litigation over the flawed rollout of Maryland's health exchange is being postponed is the upcoming election. They are deeply afraid of what Noridian is going to claim about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's...

  • How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?

    How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?

    It saddens me to see the former congressman and governor of Maryland salivating with anticipation at the thought of depriving millions of Americans of decent health insurance by rolling back the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare is a varsity stinker," Nov. 23).

Comments
Loading
70°