FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, Former White House chief of staff William Daley, then a candidate for governor, speaks with supporters in Springfield. On Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, Daley abruptly dropped out of the race for governor signaling he wasn't sure he wanted to devote time to a long, hard campaign followed by at least four years in office. The decision leaves Gov. Pat Quinn unchallenged in the Democratic primary next March, unless another candidate makes a late entry into the race. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:32AM
I continue to be outraged by the efforts to delay and defund ObamaCare. As someone who takes care of patients who are uninsured and underinsured, it is clear to me that the health-care system pre-ObamaCare was deeply flawed and morally unjust. It was yet another manifestation of an emerging American society in which equality-for-all has been cashed in for excess-for-few. Lack of access to health care was just another means by which the ladder to opportunity was being destroyed.
To be clear, ObamaCare does not solve this problem entirely. A better system would have been a single-payer system in which everyone has access to equal care. Short of that, however, ObamaCare makes important changes to the system that may ultimately lead to a more fair and just health care system. Parts of the Affordable Care Act will help millions of Americans obtain health insurance, including some of the most vulnerable populations. Since health care expenses are the leading cause of bankruptcy, this can only help stabilize our economy. ObamaCare’s emphasis on preventative care will be critical for curbing rises in health-care expenditures that threaten economic vitality. And initiatives to improve the coordination, efficiency and best practices of medical care will reap benefits for everyone.
The efforts to delay, defund and deceive by the Republican party are more than just a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, however. Coupled with the sequester and current threats to shut down the government, they represent an assault on the fabric of American society. Throughout our education we have been indoctrinated with the notion that, in America, anyone can achieve their dreams. Increasingly, this has become a myth no longer based in reality — a lie. The Right has continued to erode those aspects of government that provide support to the disenfranchised, while promoting changes that enrich the wealthy few at the expense of the many. Not only is this morally reprehensible, but it is anti-American. The greatest threat to America’s future is the political Right’s efforts to sell off the principles that once made America the Land of Opportunity.
Robert M. Sargis, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Chicago
University of Chicago
The man who knows his capacities and limitations is worthy of applause and respect. Bill Daley showed admirable wisdom and self-knowledge. All of our nation’s leaders would do well to learn from his valuable example.
Leon J. Hoffman,
Daley will be ashamed
Wow, now we’ve seen it all. Bill Daley bows out of the race for governor and essentially endorses a Republican. What was Gov. Pat Quinn guilty of? Not playing ball. When Daley looks back in a few years he will be ashamed and embarrassed or he will have become a Republican.
Sean Lowry, Beverly