Letter to the Editor: Regarding Health Insurance

More than 20 million people have purchased insurance through the Affordable Care Act. From what I have read, I understand that it is far from a perfect system, but it is up and running; it functions. So, why doesn’t Congress get together and amend it? Why all the threats, votes and promises to repeal it? Is it because a Democrat began it; or because the originator was a black president? In the last six years or so, I have heard almost nothing about “fixing” the problems with the new health care system, but Republicans have tried more than 50 times to repeal it. Those attempts have cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Republicans now have the necessary votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The cost of repealing it, undoing it and setting up a new – and as yet – unknown system must be very high. I hesitate to quote any amounts that I have read in various articles on this subject, but all estimates that I have seen are more than a billion dollars.

So, isn’t it time for common sense to prevail; shouldn’t our elected officials remember that they represent the people of this country – not their political party and not lobbyists. I am writing to my senators, my congressman, the Speaker of the House and the president. I am begging them all to amend this health care system; do not repeal it. The cost is too high.

Peggy Sankey

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.