Let’s face it. We all have a little selfishness in us. It’s natural.
When you really look at the overall net benefits of the Affordable Care Act on Americans, you’ve really got to be somewhat selfish to be against it. Over 8 million Americans and counting have access to affordable health care for their families that they couldn’t afford to have before. How can anyone unselfish be against that? Several more millions with pre-existing health conditions are finally free to switch to better-paying jobs because now they can switch and get affordable health insurance coverage. Thanks to the health care act, families with children 21-26 and still in college can now keep them on the family’s health insurance and use the savings for books, tuition and housing. How can anyone unselfish be against that? Yes, there is a small percentage of people who unfortunately saw significant increases to their insurance, but their numbers are small compared to the 10 million-plus Americans who have benefited. The president and Congress should continue to work proactively to get the bugs out of the program to reduce those premiums rather than take the selfish approach to repeal the entire program, given its net benefits to Americans.
I’m sure Sen. Mary Landrieu is as wealthy as her two major opponents who ran in the primary. I applaud and admire her unselfishness.
retired federal bank regulator