Yesterday's stunning failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, may be the best thing that has happened to our country in a very long time. Its not because the ACA was not repealed, but rather because it highlights in big bold letters, the utter failure of extreme partisanship. Its a lesson that applies to both the GOP and the Democrats. We need to work together for the common good, not against each other.
Taking extreme positions and never bending is detrimental to our country and our state.
Surely there are some cooler heads in DC that can see the danger of President Trumps hope that the ACA " explodes"? If true, it would hurt many Americans, many of whom supported him. Why would he or anyone for that matter want that to happen?
Who doesn't agree that the ACA needs improvement? Part of the reason it has not been as successful as it could have been, was that the Democrats passed this bill with zero Republican support and then we saw seven years of constant Republican opposition. Now we have come full circle, and Trumpcare/Ryancare did not even make it to a vote. See where this is headed? Extreme partisanship just doesn't work. Leaders need to lead by seeking common ground and compromise. Great leaders lead from the middle. not the fringes. That was probably Ronald Reagan's greatest strength.
Who in DC and Concord has that same ability? Leaders today seem to lead by encouraging hatred for the opposition. All that does is cause the political divide to grow larger. There is always a middle ground, you just have to be willing to find it.
Both sides are predictably lobbing blame bombs at each other, and the ideological battle lines are again being drawn for the next fight. And on and on it goes. Its not much different here in NH.
Ideologues are pushing their agenda with zero compromise or thought for the constituency that elected them in the first place. Their decisions may be favorable to outside special interests, but
doesn't do much to improve the day to day lives of NH citizens.
There is a long way to go, and I don't see much light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a very feint, almost imperceptible glimmer of hope. We should latch on to that, nurture it and allow it to grow.