The woman who won her race in my congressional district – District 25 in the State of New York. Ann Marie Buerkle ran as a Republican, Tea Party-backed candidate and for her campaign, she developed what she called “Compact 25″ (for the 25th District.) Her #1 “area of attention” states her intent to “Defund and Repeal Obamacare.”
I should mention here that this race was contested for almost two weeks after the election was over. When all the ballots were finally counted, Ms. Buerkle won by fewer than 600 votes, less than 1% of the electorate. By no means a mandate from her constituents.
As many of you, my readers, know – I was not a fan of the healthcare reform bill that passed. In fact, prior to passage, I listed my major concerns with the healthcare legislation – those unintended consequences we must prepare for.
But I stated then, as I state now, that we had to start somewhere…. and the problems with the Affordable Care Act can be worked out over time. But to go back now, to begin at square one, or to repeal the legislation and not even bother going back to square one would be a travesty that would result in even more lives being lost, and more families going bankrupt over medical debt. That, to me, is unacceptable.
So I have written an open letter to Ms. Buerkle. In the letter, I ask her to reconsider “defund and repeal” and instead be the Congress person who begins the reach across the aisle to begin making the changes to the Affordable Care Act that should be changed.
With all the negativity we are suffering in this country, it’s time someone had the intestinal fortitude to stand up to do what is right instead of what his or her party dictates. What is right is some collaboration and consensus building. What is right is standing FOR something instead of AGAINST something. What is right is recognizing that compromise is what makes this country great. But death and financial destruction do not – and that is the effect “defund and repeal” would have.
Did you have a similar race in your district? Were you pleased with the results? I’ve begun an area in the Forum to talk about what we wish our Congressional representatives would do. Say your piece!
Read the entire letter