Letters to the Editor

We need politicians who will work together

In the health care debate, the real question is: What’s the goal? Lower-cost health care or repeal of Obamacare?

The answer goes to the heart of what’s wrong in Washington.

Hoping that our current health care plan fails is condemning millions of people to paying higher costs for insurance. These millions include the self-employed or retired or those who have pre-existing conditions.

This is not just an indictment of the Republican Party but also of the Democratic Party that voted in a flawed health care plan without Republican input eight years ago. But, this is now and the Republican Party is in charge. They are committing the same mistake they previously condemned.

Senators are following their leaders — Democrats and Republicans — by voting as they are told. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi should all step down, as they have all stated they will not compromise. The Constitution was written based on compromise, without which, little will be accomplished. Congress can solve most of our problems by following the advice of Sen. John McCain to work with the other party. Not doing so rarely results in a solution, just more conflict.

I hope voters will recognize that voting for someone who has the guts to vote his conscience and is willing to compromise with the other party is good. Our current national politicians need to do a 180 or move aside.

Eric Richards