Regarding “Flurry of finger-pointing frustrates Republicans and White House alike” (March 27):
Whom to blame for the Republican health care fumble? We can lay responsibility directly at the feet of the electorate who installed a president whose entire working knowledge of the issue can be summed up in a question he asked after taking office: “Who knew health care was so complicated?”
During the presidential campaign, to his credit, candidate Donald Trump obligingly displayed his ignorance on the topic with the oft-repeated promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with the vaguely hyperbolic “something fantastic.” It’s no wonder the American Health Care Act died on the vine without a president sufficiently conversant in its merits to argue them persuasively.
Ironically, of course, Obamacare took its shape from a Republican plan installed in Massachusetts by then-governor Mitt Romney that rejected the Democratic ideal of a single-payer system in favor of a public/private partnership that required everybody to have insurance and provided subsidies for those who couldn’t afford it.
The Affordable Care Act, which has subsequently resulted in a shrinking pool of providers and rapidly rising premiums in some states, would benefit from legislative efforts to fix its broken parts, but Republicans seem content to let their constituents suffer under its shortcomings rather than allow themselves to be associated with it — even to improve it — completely ignoring the greater good in favor of ideological purity.
So who’s to blame for the Republican health care debacle? Ignorance and spite, the very worst kind of governing duo.
David Lancaster • Rock Hill