Opinion: Congress needs to stop grandstanding when it comes to health care

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to the Senate chamber for a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Grandstanding. I am so sick of it.

Do we pay our elected officials to go on television? Do we pay them to send out long statements about why they are not voting for a bill?

No, we elect and pay them to get things done.

Well, many members of Congress just can’t seem to grasp that notion.

No wonder Congress has an average approval rating of 14 percent, according to Real Clear Politics.

Let’s take a look at the Graham-Cassidy bill. Is it a perfect solution to the very serious problem with healthcare in our country? It is not.

It is, however, better than the status quo under which Americans have less and less choice of health insurers and premiums are skyrocketing.

Republicans in the Senate are, once again, trying to get to a deal on healthcare. This one can actually get done with 51 votes, so party unity would be enough.

What do we have instead? More grandstanding.

What would be productive is for those Senators that have concerns to sit down with their colleagues, members of their own party mind you, and get to a middle ground.

That’s what all of us, regular people do when we face professional or personal disagreements.

My bottom line is a message to our elected officials. Get off television. Stop worrying about legacy. Get to work on behalf of your constituents, the American people. Otherwise, our trust in Congress will continue to diminish and many of you will not get to keep those cushy jobs on the Hill come election time.

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