Target: Kathleen Sebelius, ex-secretary of Health and Human Services
Goal: Applaud broad success of Obama’s heath care reform, despite widespread opposition.
After years of turmoil and congressional debate, Obamacare is now completely in place. Better than that, it has proved to be effective, and will continue to be so. More people are insured, people are paying less to their insurance companies and people who have not gone to a doctor in a very long time are now able to access basic care. Sixty percent of newly insured people said that they now are able to fill prescriptions that they were not able to afford without Obamacare. The number of uninsured is partially dropping because college students are allowed to stay on their parents’ health care plan. Obamacare covers not only preventative measures, but also is the reason people can get access to birth control, alcohol treatment and even obesity counseling.
Given all this, we can say that Obamacare has done exactly what legislators wanted it to do. The Affordable Care Act has made healthcare a much more omnipresent part of our society, something that almost everyone has.
Those who were, and still are, against the Affordable Care Act are people who already have healthcare through their employer, spouse or parent. Politicians know that it is a word with extremely strong associations. They know that they can stay popular in Republican districts by saying that Obamacare is wrong and is ruining this country. However, even this is declining. Currently, on the congressional floor congressmen and senators are talking less about Obamacare, probably because it is not a point of controversy anymore — it just is doing well.
Therefore, we want to thank Kathleen Sebelius. She was the target of a lot of the backlash against the Affordable Care Act. Although she is now resigned from her position as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, she was really the point person for passing the legislation and implementing it. For that, we thank her.
Dear Mrs. Sebelius,
In the polarized political environment you worked in, it must have been nearly impossible to convince people that the Affordable Care Act was a good law for the country. This must have been even harder because many politicians and voters just feed off each other without listening to reason.
Therefore, we want to thank you for spearheading the Affordable Care Act. It has already proved to help many people, and will continue to do so. That is mainly because of you that Obamacare has been put into place.
[Your Name Here]
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