“Survival in the market often requires recognizing mistakes and changing course. Survival in politics requires denying mistakes, continuing the current policies, adding new ones to correct the old ones, and then blaming the bad consequences on others. Social crusaders are not forced to confront the consequences of their choices, even in their own minds … much less pay a tangible price for the havoc they leave in their wake while feeling noble.” From economist Thomas Sowell’s book, “The Housing Boom and Bust.”
Watching Neil Cavuto’s news programs lately, he has interviewed both Democrats and Republicans. Both sides recognize major problems with the Affordable Care Act. Some, of course, wish to repeal. Progressive policies will once again hurt the people they say they wish to help. Companies, such as UPS, have announced they will drop family coverage (many others have done the same — more will follow). The employee will still be covered by the company’s plan. So, where is the spouse and children supposed to go for coverage — an exchange? This cost comes out of the employee’s pocket.
Iowa does have plans for the financially challenged — Medicaid is just one. Medical care cannot be denied. As one legislator characterized ACA: Now our medical care will mimic the care given by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In some cases, OK, in others, sadly lacking. Admit the error, change the law.
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