Smaller scope would be better for health law

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: April 4 2014 | 12:35 pm - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:11 pm in

We are a nation of immense diversity, but we really need to work together to secure our future and our success as a nation. If we do not, then we are in for some sorrowful and regrettable experiences.

The all-consuming debate in Washington now revolves around Obamacare and its implementation. It was ill-advised to think large and later find that we should have started small. One size does not fit all. The Affordable Care Act is the largest federal program proposed in our history. It affects all of us, not jot a defined segment of our population.

The last six months have proved that a more measured and prudent enfranchisement of a smaller population would have been accepted and embraced by majorities in Congress. This would have allowed us to define problems and impact corrections as needed as we go forward, not retrospectively.

I did not vote for President Barack Obama but I believe he is a loving, caring father and husband. When I criticize him, Iím not criticizing the man personally ó just the policies that he proposes and his views.

We are blessed to live in a country that encourages dialogue, debates and constructive criticism. We, as a nation, need to find our collective way with correct and respectful debate leading to decisions that benefit all of us. We can do it and I pray that it happens for all of us as a nation.

Dr. Mark J. Tyler

Cedar Rapids

 

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