The Affordable Care Act (ACA) must not be allowed to fail because it would trigger dire health and financial consequences for Americans, The Salt Lake Tribune says in an editorial published Thursday.
"Letting Obamacare collapse, just to have the satisfaction of watching a Democratic idea crash and burn, would be really, really bad," the Utah newspaper's editorial board writes.
The editorial sites former governors Mike Leavitt of Utah and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin — both Republicans and ex-heads of Health and Human Services — as wanting the ACA saved. Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who also ran the HHS, is on board as well.
"All were clear that any move to just let the whole system fall about our ears would be intensely irresponsible. It would cause millions of Americans to lose their access to affordable healthcare and be at risk, if not of deadly disease, then of bankruptcy," the paper says.
Ditto for Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican and longtime ACA critic, who the editorial says now believes Congress — after being unable to repeal and replace the ACA — should fix its flaws "or watch it collapse, taking the protection of millions of Americans along with it."
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