Updated: 12/04/2013 7:24 AM
Created: 08/04/2009 11:50 AM WHEC.com
I read the Senior Life page every week. I’m interested in what you think about the Affordable Care Act. Everyone has such strong opinions. My husband can’t even talk about it without getting angry and raising his voice. My girlfriend thinks it’s a good thing because her son doesn’t get insurance at his job and he’s got a wife and baby. What do you think?
Looking forward to your answer,
Here’s how I approach discussions about health care reform:
1. Do people agree there are serious problems with health care delivery prior to the reforms? I find that no matter the individual person’s situation or sensibilities, the answer is a resounding YES. Our citizenry believes change is necessary.
2. Do people agree that we really need a new health care system all together? The answer again is yes, although this time with lots of reservations and comments such as: “Well, we could never change everything all at once….”
3. My question at this point is: “So, we are in agreement that something needs to change, but it shouldn’t change all at once. What is the one thing you would change first, that wouldn’t make everything else collapse like a house of cards and that the majority of citizens will find agreeable? Not easy.
4. I am thrilled to see us getting wound up about any one topic. We have been complacent. It is time to attend meetings, write to our officials and do something constructive about it.
5. And last, let’s try to embrace change and work together.
In short, as they say, it’s complicated. Thanks for being a faithful reader and writing in!