Seven of Alabama’s nine senators and congressman voted against the agreement that temporarily ended the crisis and gave the world a chance to breathe a bit easier. The two that voted in favor were Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell and Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus.
The battle of words over Obamacare continues, even though numerous efforts to stop it — on Capitol Hill, in courts, and in last year’s election — have failed.
Exactly what Obamacare will mean to businesses, individuals, and the nation remains to be seen. Fears that the Affordable Care Act will make health insurance less affordable cannot be dismissed, but the latest tactics employed in the attempt to stop it only served to cause more hand-wringing and damage to the reputation of the Republican Party.
Jeb Bush said as much on ABC’s “This Week” over the weekend, with his comments going viral on social media. He not only criticized Obamacare as “flawed to its core” but also criticized those tactics.
He called on Republicans to use a “little bit of self-restraint” by giving the plan a chance to fail, and said the best way to repeal it is to have an alternative. “We never hear the alternative,” he said.
He’s right about that. The Republicans had a perfect opportunity under the presidency of Bush’s brother to introduce legislation to help Americans with problems they were experiencing with the nation’s health insurance system. For six years the GOP controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. No legislation came forward then, and little help is being offered now.
Jeb Bush argues that a return to free market principles is necessary to solving the problems.
Free market principles introduce competition that helps keep prices under control, but without regulations to help ensure fairness, some people will fall through the cracks. We don’t expect Obamacare to be a perfect solution. We hope members of Congress from both parties will come forward with suggestions to help refine the law in the future.
For now, we think his advice should be heeded: show a little restraint.