Vendors on Obama

By: Staff January 30, 2017

A. ALLEN

I can really appreciate Obama’s Affordable Care Act (A.C.A.). This health care reform law known as Obamacare has really helped and benefited the less fortunate in this country. Often the less fortunate are also minorities such as Blacks and Hispanics. Many have been denied health care because they don't have jobs or can't afford health insurance. But, let us keep in mind, all lives matter. Whether rich or poor, black or white, a life is a life in the American dream. The Preamble of the constitution states that we are all endowed with inalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If anyone is denied the right to life because of improper health care, then the rest doesn’t matter. I will always be grateful for health insurance because there were many days I worried what would happen in an emergency medical situation if I had no insurance. 

In the past, I’ve had bad experiences with being treated in the hospital and not having insurance. I also have friends who would say the same. The A.C.A put all of us on equal ground concerning health care. We’re not all rich but we all could and should be treated in a respectful and humane matter.

Many would like to undo the Affordable Care Act. If this health care is taken away from the poor, it’s another way of saying they’re less than human and will be treated as such. If only the rich are entitled to health care, what kind of world or country would this be? Surely, not a country with morals and character. We would all be in trouble.

If the rich and healthy people are not willing to help carry the weight of the less fortunate and pull out of the ACA insurance deal, it would cause premiums to skyrocket and the poor and unhealthy to be penalized. That’s why in our system of checks and balances the rich work with the poor in order for all to prosper. If we all work together, we can make this thing work. It’s what the founding fathers had in mind when they said we all have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. President Obama had the same idea as the original founders of this country and he took it to another level to include everyone in health care regardless of race, class and social background. So, for me and for a lot of other people, Obama’s Health Care Act will never be forgotten.

 

JAMES METZGAR

I believe Obama’s legacy will be a mixed one, as is true of any president. As a Republican who didn’t vote for Obama, my feelings are more negative than positive. I give Obama credit for keeping the country from going bankrupt when he took office during a financial crisis. Unemployment is lower than when he took office. However, he left more debt than all other presidents in history.

I applaud his efforts to have an ethical health care system, but Obamacare has its defects. It still hasn’t covered everyone and it has led to higher premiums for so many people.

Obama has been a drag on his own party, having reduced his party largely to a “coastal party.” Although he did get re-elected, it was by both a smaller electoral vote and popular vote margin.

Obama is the son of a black father and a white mother but this country is just as polarized as it was before he took office. I am also concerned about the lack of respect for people’s conscience and religious liberties in the Obama administration and I hope this can be corrected in the coming administration.

 

STEVEN RIGGS

I believe Obama’s legacy will be a mixed one, as is true of any president. As a Republican who didn’t vote for Obama, my feelings are more negative than positive. I give Obama credit for keeping the country from going bankrupt when he took office during a financial crisis. Unemployment is lower than when he took office. However, he left more debt than all other presidents in history.

I applaud his efforts to have an ethical health care system, but Obamacare has its defects. It still hasn’t covered everyone and it has led to higher premiums for so many people.

Obama has been a drag on his own party, having reduced his party largely to a “coastal party.” Although he did get re-elected, it was by both a smaller electoral vote and popular vote margin.

Obama is the son of a black father and a white mother but this country is just as polarized as it was before he took office. I am also concerned about the lack of respect for people’s conscience and religious liberties in the Obama administration and I hope this can be corrected in the coming administration.