Letters to the Editor

Letter: Not bad policy

Mitt Romney said that Obamacare is bad policy. Really? I have to believe that even the most archly conservative Americans would want appropriate medical care without fear of losing their homes, life savings and everything else they’ve ever worked for should they suddenly become seriously sick or injured.

President Obama’s health care overhaul may not be perfect, but it is a huge step in the right direction for the very simple reason that it removes obstacles between people and the medical care they need. Just think: no more cruel discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, kids can stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26, women won’t be charged more for being women, and seniors will be able to get their prescriptions at a reduced cost, to name just some of the new health law benefits.

Bad policy? Hardly. Bad policy is telling people that if they don’t have enough money for medical care, they should crawl into a corner and die, which has been the Republican alternative for decades —except Romneycare in Massachusetts, of course.