Editorial: Congress must improve, not tear down health care

When you embark on a home renovation, demolition is the easy part. Grab a sledge hammer and start swinging. The difficult part is conceiving and building something new to last for years to come. Doing the latter requires thoughtful planning and hard work.

The 115th U.S. Congress cannot seem to move past demolition mode.

Instead of crafting and implementing sound policy to improve this country, Congress spent the first six months of the year manning bulldozers with little thought about what would come next. The vast majority of bills sent so far to President Donald Trump’s desk were passed through the Congressional Review Act, which allows members to roll back regulations and dismantle policies enacted by President Barack Obama.

With their sledge hammers pounding Obamacare, they cannot move fast enough to strip Americans of health insurance. After yet another break this week to rest up, they plan to return and resume attempts to destroy the law and the benefits it has provided millions of people. Some lawmakers view success as a desperately needed political “win.”

But Americans will be the losers. A bill passed by the House and another being considered by the Senate would increase the ranks of the uninsured by at least 22 million people over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

How does this make America a better country? How does this help a single American? Congress is pursuing an agenda that makes no sense.


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