Americans should find some comfort in seeing the GOP healthcare bill sputter and cough to a dead halt — at least temporarily.
There are good intentions galore among Republicans who wrote this bill, but they’ve done it without bipartisan cooperation, and much too fast.
Perhaps now, U.S. senators will take one of their Kansas members’ sage advice: “We must start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansas,” U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said.
We agree with Moran. Opposition to this bill does not signal an end to good lawmaking. In truth, it just might ignite it to create the very improvements sought by traditional Republicans and Democrats — those who have been suffocated in the stampede for haughty attention.
Anyone who has worked in political office at any level knows that government was designed to move slowly. Deliberation leads to consensus building. And consensus among leaders of various thought will always lead to better laws.
Nobody in Washington should give up on making improvements to healthcare in America. But openness in the process must replace the secrecy that has come to define partisan politics.
As a suggestion, the writers of such laws should remove any name to associate with healthcare. Whether it’s Hillary, Obama, Trump or any other handle — zip it. Names do not make for success when you’re being watched by millions of Americans who simply want to see doctors, get reasonable treatment, go to hospitals and find healing.
Let’s start all over.
— Taylor Newspapers, Caney, Kansas