To the Editor:
The Affordable Care Act is an evolving piece of legislation, and like Social Security and Medicare, it needs vigilance and changes. The U.S. Senate is in a position to exemplify bipartisanship for the common good.
A sign of working together will be changing the process from reconciliation (a budgetary process requiring 51 votes dealing only with monetary concerns) to regular order, which allows for creating a more extensive bill and debate, and requires 60 votes.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, among other Republican senators, has recommended this process, and Democrats favor it.
Health care needs to be depoliticized, and our legislators need to take their time and work together for the common good.
The goal should be getting more people health care and creating a wellness-centered system rather than a disease-centered system. Preventative care saves money and is better than cutting $880 billion from Medicaid.
Collins in a July 10 letter to constituents wrote: "We should be focused on putting in place a system that ensures that Americans have access to affordable health insurance and does not result in taking away people's coverage. With an issue as complex and as significant as health care, we should try to achieve a bipartisan reform bill."
The Rev. Kenneth R. Storck