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Politicians Who are Stuck on Repeal Need to Face Reality: The ACA is Here to Stay!

September 16, 2015

Dean Angstadt is a self-employed tree-cutter who hated Obamacare. A lot. He hated it so much that he refused to sign up for coverage through the law even when his doctors told him he needed major heart surgery to survive.

But Angstadt was blessed to have a guardian angel who was every bit as stubborn as he was in the form of his close friend, Bob Leinhauser. Mr. Leinhauser, a retired firefighter and a nurse, stayed doggedly on Angstadt’s case for months, beseeching him to at least look into the ACA and try to sign up for coverage.

Persistence paid off when Angstadt, whose health continued to drastically deteriorate, decided to trust his friend over his ideological animosity toward the law. Now, not only is his heart sporting a brand new valve, it is overflowing with gratitude for his friend and for Obamacare. He credits both with saving his life.

“For me, this isn’t about politics… I’m trying to help other people who are like me, stubborn and bullheaded, who refused to even look. From my own experience, the ACA is everything it’s supposed to be and, in fact, better than it’s made out to be.”

Mr. Angstadt was surely relieved and pleased when the Supreme Court upheld the ACA for the second time in June. He would also be cheered by recent polls showing that most Americans want to keep or expand the law.

You would think that, by now, members of Congress, who have been stuck on repeal for 56 votes, would get the message that it’s time to let go of their political vendetta against “Obamacare” and move on to other pressing issues.

But, incredibly, this is not the case. There are still those determined to rehash the political fight of five years ago and take health care away from Dean Angstadt — and millions of other Americans.

It’s time to take a cue from Bob Leinhauser and stage an intervention on politicians who stubbornly refuse to face the reality that persisting in repeal efforts will only compound the wasting of time and taxpayer money. When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

They need to face the reality that, while not perfect, the Affordable Care Act is providing long-needed patient protections — outlawing insurance company pre-existing condition denials, ending lifetime coverage caps and expanding affordable access for women, workers and young adults — and is an important step forward for healthcare in America.

They need to face the reality that, until they give up on their divisive campaign against health reform, they will not be able to join with their colleagues in Congress to make necessary improvements to the law to further control costs and ensure greater access and quality of care for all. That important work can’t happen if they persist in trying to repeal the law in total or to gut provisions that are essential funding sources of the ACA.

How can we get them to get them to see the light? By taking action with the ACA is Here to Stay campaign.


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