Healthcare and Baseball

Nov 01, 2017

To the Editor:

In recent weeks our president has gone about the childish approach of deliberately sabotaging the Affordable Care Act by cutting taxpayer subsidies to insurance providers. When “repeal and replace” of Obamacare didn’t work out for him, in spite of having a Republican majority in Congress, he presumably decided to “pick up his marbles” and take a destructive course with healthcare going forward.

I personally would have had no objection to a “repeal and replace” of Obamacare as long as the Republican plan provided for improvement of the current healthcare system without leaving millions of Americans behind. However, now that the Republican proposals have failed to provide us with those assurances, and couldn’t be agreed upon by the majority, it’s time for both parties to focus on enhancing the current Affordable Care Act.

Being an avid baseball fan, and after a great playoff and world series, a short metaphor involving the creation and evolution of our national pastime and the Affordable Healthcare Act may be appropriate. Much debate has existed regarding the origins of today’s game of baseball. Abner Doubleday is often given credit for creating the basic ground rules back in 1839, but historians indicate an alternative view. Their consensus is that the origin of today’s baseball lies in the English game of rounders and cricket, and a new set of rules was codified by a man called Alexander Cartwright in 1845. However, since that time many new rules and changes have been established that have led to the great game that we know today.

The concept of an affordable healthcare system that evolves over time, like baseball, makes good sense for both Republicans and Democrats. So let’s not allow our president to destroy something that, like baseball, could be really great someday.

Jim Eller



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