October 13, 2013

Maine Voices: Affordable Care Act good medicine for ailing system

Federal intervention in the health care market is critical, and the law can be altered as issues become apparent.

By Alan Haley

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A man reviews the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov site in this photo illustration. Requiring every citizen to help defray the cost of health care by buying insurance is a way to spread out the cost of a service we all use.

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Alan Haley is a retired public school teacher who teaches Advanced Placement economics through the Maine Department of Education’s online AP4ALL program. He lives in Skowhegan and can be contacted at: ahaleywshs@gmail.com.


The health care market is very sick and cannot survive on its own. No matter what we end up with for a health care system, the government is going to have to play a huge role in its administration.

Many, including myself, were not big supporters of the Affordable Care Act but supported some sort of government intervention in the market. Yet if Obamacare is anything like the great social legislation of the Johnson years, Medicare and Medicaid, it will undergo a host of changes and amendments over the next 50 years as we smooth out the problems and unworkable policies. The important thing is that we stop arguing about it and get it going.

One of the foundational themes of American conservatism used to be a belief in individual responsibility. At a minimum, requiring every citizen to help defray the national cost of health care by purchasing insurance is one way to get all Americans to share the cost of a service all Americans use. Given this point of view, you have to wonder if the real issue in conservative opposition to Obamacare, is Obama himself.

To quote the last email I received from a friend: “Please!!! ......... forward this threw to all the people on your mailing list so that we can save America!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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