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Fix, don’t kill, Affordable Care Act



This year marks the 12-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Hardly a perfect system, but better than what we had before. The percentage of people insured has gone up, although still low by world standards. We haven’t seen the promise come true that getting more people insured would lead to lower costs. For many reasons, some want to repeal the Act. Certainly Congress has tried many times before. But if we were to repeal the Affordable Care Act, what do we replace it with? U.S. Senator Ron Johnson is first in line to try to put the nail in the coffin, but hasn’t said a peep about what system of providing healthcare he does like. What is Plan B? The Affordable Care Act has been approved by lawmakers and after some changes, deemed legal by the courts. Repealing this law would lead to fewer insured Americans and higher costs. Congress should make some changes though, like tackling high prescription drug prices. We heard from a woman this week in La Crosse who is diabetic and has to pay $1600 a month in medical costs. There is no reason our prescription drugs, two to three times more expensive than those in other countries, should cost this much while big pharma gets rich. Let’s not turn our backs on Obamacare. Let’s work together to make it better.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kent Porter

    March 25, 2022 at 8:32 am

    AS I SEE IT !!!!!!!!!!!! What is affordable about the UNAFFORDABLE CARE ACT ,

  2. Charlene K Joyce

    March 25, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Yes! It is the UNAFFORDABLE CARE ACT!! the only reason it was deemed to be legal is because Chief Justice John Roberts rewrote it to change its’ status. It ruined ALL health care in this country and all health care unaffordable now.

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