The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act has given millions of people the opportunity to take responsibility for their health and well being by providing them an avenue to purchase health insurance that is within their means.  Not doing so puts our nation at greater risk of poorer health. The time has passed for repeal and replace,.  Now is the time to restore and repair the Affordable Care Act.  The more people whom we have covered with health insurance, the healthier we all are as a nation, and the lower our costs for medical care.

Congress writes the budget for the United States. What is one area that Congress should invest much more heavily in, and why? What should we be spending much less on?

Congress should be investing in the future by supporting public education and higher education.  A good public education is one of the foundation stones of our democracy.  An educated public was a value upheld by our founding fathers and should be upheld now.  We need to bolster education at every level if we are to continue to be an innovative and productive society.  We should uphold this value of education by investing in resources to make it possible through financial support of public schools and through more affordable education at the vocational, college, university, and graduate levels.  We can and should place a renewed interest on more generous Pell grants, support tuition through tax deductions, have lower interest rates for higher education loans, and offer people incentives to go to school rather than step closer to making it more prohibitively expensive.

We should be spending much less money on tax cuts for the wealthiest, especially when this will increase the national debt.  Large tax cuts for corporations when profits are high and unemployment is low will not create new jobs.  It will create windfalls for those corporations, which will likely spend it on stock buy backs, dividends for stock holders, and bonuses for executives.  We should not be going into further debt to provide expensive and lavish cuts to the wealthiest and to large corporations.  We need to reclaim a sense of shared responsibility for our country, recalling the wisdom that tells us, ”To those whom much is given, much is required.’’

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