Thursday - June 22, 2017 10:10 am

Don't rush Obamacare repeal vote

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My Dad taught me a long time ago, that if something is worth doing, it is worth taking the time to do it right. That should be the case with the effort to repeal Obamacare. Republican leaders in Washington have been working to find a health care plan that isn't just different from Obamacare, but better. The House passed its version of the bill, but it would drop some 23 million Americans from coverage. The leaders of the Senate, all white men, have been meeting secretly to come up with their own version of a replacement for Obamacare. We don't know what is in this proposed legislation, which will be available in draft form for comment today, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would like to schedule a vote on it by next week. That seems rather quick. The package hasn't even been finalized yet, but they are already talking about scheduling a vote. One Wisconsin U.S. Senator agrees more time is needed. Senator Ron Johnson has told his party's leaders that he won't vote for a new health care bill if he doesn't get more time to review the proposed legislation. Those who are charged with voting on this need time to at least read the bill. And there should be time for their constituents to learn of the proposed legislation, and offer their feedback. This does not need to be rushed. Because if something is worth doing, it is worth taking the time to make sure it is done right.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.