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Repeal a poor choice

Concerned about the future of health care access? Watch Cathy McMorris Rodgers carefully. She is a leading proponent of the repeal of Obamacare and replacement with “market-based solutions to increase health care access and lower costs for all Americans.”

Obamacare already vastly increased access to health insurance. Now people can obtain insurance despite pre-existing conditions without first going bankrupt, and people can be reasonably assured they are comparing apples to apples in choosing insurance. All that would disappear with repeal.

McMorris Rodgers’ “market-based solutions” would return us to what did not work before. Medical care in this country has not been a “free market” since the 1960s. Let us not pretend that this non-existent “free market” will control cost. It will only enrich the corporate hospitals, drug and insurance companies — and cost us ever more as a society.

Obamacare has its flaws, but repealing it instead of working with the good in it is a poor choice that only serves partisan egos at the expense of real progress.

Liz Dreisbach


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