I won’t say that Obamacare is great, but it has made some things better for my family than they were before. It’s hard to say whether the ACA made anything more affordable, seeing as coverage costs have been inflating every year for as long as I can remember, but it definitely made insurance more available.
I fear that in the name of making “America great again” (though only they think it isn’t still) the hard right will try to dismantle every safety net in the name of abstract ideals like small government, laissez-faire economics, and personal responsibility. Going into my life’s homestretch, my observation is that all of these wind up being variations of “let the chips fall where they may,” which is to say We-don’t-care.
I believe a country should be more than a collection of selfish people individually scratching out survival as best they can. It should be a pact where we care enough about one another to build protections that benefit us all, even if it means spreading the wealth around a little bit. Personally, I can’t see any other way to be “great.”
ROBERT WOLFSON, MARIETTA