Healthcare or politics?

When Obama took office in 2008, the stated goal of the GOP was to resist and obstruct everything the new president wanted to achieve. When the ACA (Affordable Care Act) made its way through, was signed and implemented, the GOP called it "Obamacare" to rally conservative political support against their Democratic adversary.

Now, some 20 million more Americans have health insurance, thanks to the help of tax credit/subsidies, based on income levels. States that accepted the optional federal-to-state Medicaid assistance are now better able to help seniors with their health care needs.

These provisions will just disappear if the GOP gets its way. The Republicans, led by our own Rep. Greg Walden, are pushing hard to "Repeal and Replace" the ACA. In political reality, this is "Destroy and Denigrate" Obama's signature legislation, which was designed to help all Americans obtain health insurance — not as a nod to the big money insurance companies, their lobbyists and the politicians who favor them for their own gain.

The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP are all speaking out publicly against the new GOP health care plans that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The doctors, nurses, aides and staff that take care of all of our health needs are not willing to support the GOP plans. Think about that.

Craig Smith

Ashland