Obama showed courage in health care reform

April 3, 2014 | 4:19 pm

Calling the Affordable Care Act “ObamaCare” was clearly coined as a derogatory reference to health care reform. What is missed is the simple fact that President Obama truly does care.

He cares about keeping young adults insured through their parents coverage; about youngsters and adults with pre-existing conditions or those threatened to lose coverage when they need it the most; about helping people stay healthy with free preventive services; about women’s health and keeping it in women’s hands; about the elderly struggling to cover medications in the doughnut hole and the unemployed on the verge of losing health coverage for their families; about those paying more for insurance to make up for those expecting free care; about those now grumbling about the individual mandate recognizing these folks would receive better, more timely, more coordinated and less costly care when a need arises.

He cares about the economy and understands that our future relies on a healthy, capable work force.

Obama showed immense courage and vision to risk tackling health care reform, something that has evaded politicians for 70 years. Turning the clock back on this would be a huge, sad mistake. “Starting over” yields nothing. Obama cares! Show some gratitude.

Karen Drake

Iowa City

 

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