All of the talk and hand wringing about how Obamacare is a disaster for the country overlooks one important fact -- the law is already helping millions of Americans. Perhaps its benefits may best be captured by some who try to explain it through the lens of freedom that Franklin Roosevelt so effectively used during his presidency.
Addressing the White House correspondents in March 1941, Roosevelt identified the four freedoms -- freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. This last, the freedom from fear, applies today to what some have called the five freedoms of Obamacare. They are freedom from discrimination due to pre-existing conditions, freedom from going broke and losing your home because you or your child gets seriously ill, freedom to choose your own doctor, freedom to go to the nearest emergency room and freedom from being dropped by insurance companies if you are sick or your treatments cost too much.
The existing law may need to be amended; it does not need to be repealed. The 40 times that Republicans have voted to repeal or change the law is an insult to those whom the law is helping and will help once fully implemented.
BILL PRESUTTI JR.