To the Editors:
The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is far from perfect, and I rightly criticized the law in a series of letters published here.
ACA’s major problem is its length and complexity. There were too many provisions crammed into what could have been a simpler and more understandable law.
Ideally, this would have been remedied by promptly undoing ACA and getting it right the second time (repeal and replace). But Washington doesn’t do things the ideal way. And in the meantime, virtually all of the law has taken effect. It’s too late to repeal. Further, there are good parts of the law that shouldn’t be rolled back even if it were possible.
The health insurance industry (in which I am employed) has committed significant resources since ACA’s 2010 passage to comply. Entire systems, products and operations have been greatly changed. To try to roll it all back now would do more harm than good.
Congressional Republicans mean well but, with almost 40 repeal votes, they need to move from symbolism to substance. The priority is retaining what’s right about ACA – getting to universal health coverage while preserving the private insurance industry – while surgically removing its excesses.