Health care fails as the elected shame themselves

There is probably nothing more personal to people than their health care and how it impacts their family.

Without affordable, accessible, competent health care for themselves and their families, most people live their lives on a tightrope each day, forsaking traditional practices because of fears that livelihoods they have built will be compromised.

That should not be necessary.

Republicans, who control majorities in the House and Senate as well as the White House, failed last week to engineer a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that has been a disaster. The failure to find a solution followed eight years of promises they would repeal and replace Obamacare if given the chance. It was a betrayal of trust with the American people.

Democrats did not cover themselves in glory, either. They can spare themselves pats on the back for completely resisting any change in a health care system that has seen individual premiums skyrocket, insurance companies flee state after state and general health care choices disappear with Obamacare.

There is no honor in sticking with something that is not working just so another faction can be made to look ineffective.

We suspect Americans are disgusted with both parties.

And we hope it will dawn on leaders in Washington in the coming days that they have no choice but to repeal Obamacare – which is imploding – and replace it with something better.

They need to dispense with political oneupmanship and come up with a solution that infuses private insurance competition in the system, lowers premiums protects the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions and makes health care accessible and efficient again.

Many Americans are old enough to remember when that was the health care system in this country.

If leaders cannot find a way to bring that back, voters will understandably be looking to put in place representatives and senators who will go to Washington and make that happen.