Written By Kevin Whiting
The House of Representatives are now voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 40th time.
I have officially reached a level of frustration with complete strangers that I never thought could be possible. To start, this is a bill that is still not fully implemented, and yet where portions have been put in place (namely New York) there has been a decrease in health care premiums of up to 40%. But hey, who cares about health care costs?
This is a bill that aims to insure everybody, including those who fall in the unfortunate position of being too poor to buy their own health care and yet not poor enough to qualify for medicaid, as well as ensuring that those like myself with pre-existing conditions will not be left out to dry. But let’s be honest, who wants to care for the poor and ill? This is a bill that, contrary to what opponents shout, encourages direct competition between health care providers by giving people one place in which all plans from all providers are laid out and easily compared.
But really, who wants capitalism anyway? And yet even without all of these facts, I would be fuming at the sheer futility, ignorance, group-think, and flat out idiocy of those who would prefer to try to fix a non-existent problem for the 40th time rather than doing their jobs and trying to actually solve problems that we face as a nation. These men and women are supposed to be leaders and problem solvers.
They are supposed to do what they can to make this nation as great as it possibly can be. And yet some are so ingrained in their ideology, or so paralyzed with fear of getting voted out, that they forego their duties as lawmakers, and instead occupy themselves with inane, repetitive arguments that were falsified by facts as well as popular vote years ago.
I’m sorry for the diatribe, but our congress’ inability to do anything productive has been building frustration in me for years, and a 40th attempt to repeal a bill that will help so many millions of people was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
About the Author
Kevin Whiting, is a19-year-old Pre-Med major, speaker on patient advocacy and co-author of the award-winning book “In Pain We Trust”.