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Healthcare needs consensus approach

Peter Skurkiss Published: July 5, 2017 4:00 AM

The health care debate is a mess. Matters seem settled and then, oops, it's determined there's not enough in the plan to suit everybody for opioid addicts and/or the subsidy cuts to Medicaid are thought to be too harsh on the poor. So it's back to the drawing board to win sufficient votes to pass a bill.

This goes on among Republicans. The only inputs Democrats care to make is criticism, some justified and but much of it over the top.

The fact is health care is intimate to people. It affects how we live. It's an issue that requires bipartisanship. Not 50-50, but there must be at least some level of commitment by Democrats for the needed reform to succeed.

The major mistake Democrats made in formulating Obamacare was they froze out the Republicans. Accordingly, to pass their Affordable Care Act, Democrats relied on a web of lies, dubious legislative tricks, and outright bribes to certain senators. That is why Obamacare was never accepted by the American people and why it's now imploding.

The Republics should not repeat that error. The GOP should bring in the more reasonable Democrats and offer some concessions to get the bill done.

Peter Skurkiss

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