Congress swings and misses on healthcare reform efforts
And Democrats, rather than acknowledging that there are areas in true need of repair with the Affordable Care Act, are simply trying to keep the other team off the field and discredit their players. Perhaps rather than focusing so much on defense, they should step up to bat with some ideas and see what happens.
While there are strong parallels, healthcare reform can’t become a contest over who is “right” and who is “wrong” when it comes to healthcare reform. It is about doing what is right for the majority of Americans. Both Republicans and Democrats need to remember that. This is not a game. This is the lives of millions of Americans at stake when all is said and done.
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Don’t forget another parallel between baseball and politics. If you have a good year before you are about to become a free agent, that ensures you a job for another series of years, likely with more prestige and financial perks.
For many in political offices, contracts are coming up in 2018. So remember who made big promises and didn’t deliver before you decide who deserves to keep their job or perhaps should get taken out of the game.
Keith L. Martin is editorial director for Medical Economics. You can follow him on Twitter at @klmartin_ubm. And tell us what you think about healthcare reform at [email protected]