Republicans must stop fighting the health law

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The Republican Party amazes me each day, as I often wonder why any of its members are still in office. Rather than working on a long-term deficit reduction package or immigration reform, the Republicans in the House of Representatives, heavily influenced by the extreme Tea Party faction, enjoy targeting President Barack Obama's key achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

While the law isn't perfect it has several necessary provisions. It guarantees that students, like myself, can remain on their parents' insurance plans until they are 26. People cannot be dropped for getting sick and cannot be denied insurance for having pre-existing conditions.

Despite the many positive qualities of the law, Republican lawmakers have fought tirelessly to repeal the law, while not offering any package to replace it. Despite their claims that the American people overwhelmingly disapprove of the law passed by Congress, the Supreme Court upheld it, President Obama was re-elected by a fairly large margin and the Democrats gained seats in both houses of Congress. Voting to repeal the law repeatedly in the House with a Democratic-controlled Senate and presidency doesn't do anything except waste time and the taxpayers' dollars.

The Affordable Care Act isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so why don't we take a step back and focus on issues important to our country and economy, such as the budget, immigration reform and energy efficiency among others? It is time for the Republicans to stop fighting about health care and work with Democrats on finding bipartisan solutions to our country's problems.

JOSEPH SAMUEL ROGERS
Brookline


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