There is no question that — at multiple levels — America is going to continue to feel the economic reverberations of the shameful display of right-wing political brinkmanship that shut down the government this month. But that attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act was hugely unpopular and ultimately unsuccessful. For that we can be grateful.
As we report today, in our area alone nearly one-fifth of the population has been making do without health insurance, likely because they could not find the money to pay for it. This volume of uninsured residents can present a host of problems, not only to the people involved, but to the cities in which they live. Preventive care is the key. If people do not have the money to see doctors on a regular basis who can advise them on lifestyle changes, healthcare resources can so easily become strained. Unchecked illnesses can spread. Catastrophic healthcare issues can send families into bankruptcy, with each such declaration throwing another wrench into the wheels of commerce.