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Graham-Cassidy is more of the same from the GOP

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, speaks, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, speaks, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

The Republicans are certainly persistent in their drive to take health insurance away from millions, primarily poor, citizens. And make insurance more expensive for those with preexisting conditions ("Graham-Cassidy bill would cut funding to 34 states, report shows," Sept. 20). I get the sense the Republicans want to pass anything, regardless how many people are harmed, just to brag about repealing Obamacare.

In a recent article Sen. Bill Cassidy was quoted that the bill would "improve care and reduce cost." Someone losing insurance may not see their care as "improved." In another article, it was suggested by a senator that giving block grants to the states for Medicaid and not subsidizing premiums and deductibles for the poor would get the federal government out of health care.

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Apparently the senator forgot the federal government has been involved with, and will stay involved with health care for quite a long time. Medicaid and Medicare were signed into law in 1965. The federal government has provided health insurance for the military and their dependents since 1956. Add in the VA, care for Native Americans, the FDA, NIH and the CDC, its clear the feds will always have a major impact on health care in this country, as they should.

And why shouldn't the federal government play a major role in the American citizens' health? We are the only advanced industrialized country that does not provide universal health care for its citizens. In the preamble to the Constitution, the founders inserted the phrase "promote the general welfare." I think health care qualifies under that phrase.

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Robert M Schulz, Salisbury

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