Letter: 'Defund it' approach makes no sense

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 01:16 AM

To the editor:

Congressman Mark Meadows sent me an email today bragging that he signed a letter urging the House leadership to shut down the government in order to "defund" the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. The argument he made in paragraph one was that Americans find it "broadly unpopular," even though it yet to be implemented and no one can buy a policy yet!

As I was writing this, TV host and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee responded to one of his viewers saying, "Politicians shouldn’t be making medical decisions for us.” He, a politician himself, then proceeded to tell his audience that we need "a Manhattan Project" and government funding for each of a number of chronic diseases (such diabetes and Alzheimer’s) -- and health savings accounts and higher deductibles for everything else.

Now, our congressional representative does not begin to offer an alternative to what he derisively refers to as Obamacare – he just wants to overturn it before we get an opportunity to take a test drive.

I think his party, despite what they are telling folks at the town hall meetings, believes the PP&AHCA will not only be affordable but widely popular once it goes into effect. After all, Republicans originally proposed much of the law, and their 2012 presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, put the first implementation of it into effect in Massachussetts.

We have been trying to reform our broken health care system for 50 years and more. We have something now that addresses some of the most egregious health care insurance abuses. This "you won’t like it, so we’ll defund it before it gets started" approach makes no sense.

Charles Senf