Bad medicine


Apparently, several concessions and loopholes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not enough to satisfy the business community and this newspaper.

Big business continues to pressure the Obama Administration for more delays while forging ahead with plans to exploit every loophole in the existing legislation. The Morning Journal recently offered more of their scholarly advice regarding the ACA by saying, “The law should be killed now.” More bias propaganda and as always no common-sense solution offered.

In 2017, the government will begin to accept health care waivers from applying states. The waivers will provide an ACA alternative, provided the proposed state health care plans do not cost the federal government more and the coverage must be equal to or exceed that which is mandated by the ACA. By meeting those provisions, the waiver will create an opportunity to implement a single-payer, universal health care system right here in Ohio. Common sense solution to a common problem. However, there is a road block standing in the way.

In November of 2011, 66 percent of Ohio voters raced to the polls and voted yes for Issue 3, The Healthcare Freedom Amendment, which proposed to eliminate the ACA’s “individual mandate” to purchase health insurance. Unfortunately, those 66 percent failed to comprehend the sloppy, carelessly written issue would also threaten a wide range of already existing Ohio health programs and impact implementation of future ones. Health plans such as universal health care. The language must be repealed. If you agree, contact your state representatives and governor’s office and voice your concern to repeal this “bad medicine.”

For every year the U.S. delays implementing a single-payer, universal health care system, 45,000 more Americans will die needless deaths, close to one million families are driven into bankruptcy and workers everywhere are subjected to relentless cost shifting and reduction in benefits.

Right now there is an organization based in Cleveland called SPAN Ohio, which stands for Single Payer Action Network. Get involved by visiting their website at or by phone at 216-736-4766 along with contacting your state senator, state representative and governor’s office. During a July 9 meeting in Columbus, Governor Kasich seemed open to implementing a single-payer system, by also suggesting that those in attendance contact their state representatives. Instead of doing nothing and falling prey to media misconceptions, stand up and do your part to save lives and provide a better quality of life for all Ohio citizens.

Rick Straub