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The Senate bill to replace the Affordable Care act has been called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it would add 22 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured by 2026 and would reduce the deficit by $321 billion over 10 years.

Our president promised that the Republican bill would cover all Americans and provide better access and coverage. Yet he strongly supports bills that do exactly to opposite.

We need our politicians to clearly verbalize what their goal is. Do we want medical care to be a right for all (like most Western societies), or do we want to consider it a commodity that you can have if you can afford it?

Right now, our leaders are promising the former and offering us the latter.

Clearly the cost of medical care in this country is a problem. And there are other ways to deal with, but our greatest minds on health care policy have been excluded from the process.

The homeless problem is frequently on the front page of local newspapers. Do we really need legislation that will contribute to poverty? Solving the health care problem isn’t easy, as our president discovered and everyone else already knew, but if it were addressed by the right minds, it is not unsolvable.

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Dr. David Williams