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

Health Care Reform (2009)U.S. CongressU.S. House of RepresentativesTheodore RooseveltAffordable Care Act (Obamacare)

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 © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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