While we wrestle with Obamacare – to have or not to have – several points ought to be made.

The first is that any replacement plan that leaves decisions in the hands of the states will be disastrous for Maine. Our governor is not in favor of any legislation that is helpful to the average Mainer.

Second, our leaders simply refuse to address the fact that costs for our nation’s health care are terribly high, mostly because we, in effect, are subsidizing insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers, both industries that are making obscene profits.

Years from now, when other capitalistic solutions for health care have been exhausted, will we finally realize that, as in other major countries, health care is a right and must be administered by the U.S. government as a single-payer entity?

Doug Moreshead

Cumberland