Letter: GOP should have paid attention, addressed health care’s high cost, he saysTO THE EDITOR: The GOP’s prime interest is the GOP.
By: Tom Winkler, Prescott, Pierce County Herald
TO THE EDITOR: The GOP’s prime interest is the GOP.
My late father used to say, “if you’re not a liberal when you’re young, you don’t have a heart, and, if you’re not conservative as you grow, you don’t have a brain.”
The GOP has taken some of the truth out of that statement. Generally speaking for the last three decades, the cost of health care in America rose at a rate much higher than anything other than college tuition. While this happened, the GOP focused on tax cuts, national security and self-preservation. Two out of three are laudable goals.
Sadly, while the GOP focused on the GOP, the other side was driving another big government program which poorly addressed a legitimate concern.
Last week, we were told the Affordable Care Act AKA Obama Care was constitutional and that, while Obama himself denied and continues to deny, it is predicated upon a tax. I don’t believe we need additional taxes; we certainly don’t need more regulations, unfunded mandates or bureaucrats telling us what’s good for us. Tort reform would be nice, but highly unlikely from a mob of ex-lawyers.
Now the GOP will try to do what they should have been doing for decades: pay attention to what their constituents are saying and address the high cost of health care. There is a fly in that ointment, a hefty piece of today’s cost is government regulation and intervention.
That’s a lot like standing on the trap door while tugging at the handle.