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POV | Why not try compromise?

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I recently read an article titled "Is it Time to Find a Bipartisan Solution to Health Care?"

Pointing out the numerous recent failures of the majority Republicans to overcome the serious divides within their own party, it suggests that "repealing and replacing" may well be impossible, and that -- instead of achieving nothing -- Republicans might be better served by seeking a bipartisan compromise with the Democrats that would keep some of the existing Affordable Care Act in place, but shore up those markets where the law is struggling and add new, conservative reforms.

Now, If this sounds familiar to you, it should, because that's pretty much the way EVERYTHING USED TO WORK in Washington. But these days, "compromise" has become such a dirty word, nothing ever seems to get done.

The article quotes Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski as saying "(Health Care) is not for Republicans to fix or Democrats to fix -- this is for us as Americans to fix." And I couldn't agree more.

What's wrong with working together toward a reasonable solution that would fix the existing well-intentioned -- but flawed -- plan? That would benefit America far more than political posturing that achieves nothing. And it's time to demand that the extremists on BOTH sides abandon their obstructionist tactics that produce nothing but gridlock.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.  

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