ACA: Equality and Justice for All

Every ACA repeal bill offered by the GOP this year has been a horror show, designed to cut taxes for the affluent while raising costs and reducing access for everyone else. The backstory of the healthcare debate has been to free up government funds to enable tax cuts primarily for the wealthy.  It’s not good health policy and it’s not good economic policy. It’s greed, nothing more.

If you believe in the concept of fairness, if you believe that the Declaration of Independence isn’t just a scrap of paper, or if you believe that the Preamble to the Constitution is meaningful, then you have two new heroes this week.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

These are rights for everyone, not just the more fortunate.

So let me introduce to you the two major risk takers of the Senate, Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine). Senator McCain could kill the bill because these two stood firmly against it. It’s called placing citizens and Country above party and donors.

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(Source: Huffington Post)

Full disclosure: There are parts of the GOP bills that would have helped me. However, I’m not willing to place my own interests ahead of what I know to be true and just. Rich or poor, we are all fellow travelers to the grave. Or as the country song says, “never seen a hearse with a luggage rack.”

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