The commentary from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) about looming problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act struck me as a sad continuation of partisan obstructionism at the expense of the welfare of the American people ("Prepare people for Obamacare," May 2).

The new law was passed by a duly-elected Congress, affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, and endorsed by President Obama's re-election. More importantly, it represents an opportunity to deliver health care services driven by patients instead of profit.

The whole idea of requiring that everyone should carry insurance is rooted in a concept originally proffered by conservatives in the 1990s. Yet instead of putting its best minds to the task of making the law work, Republicans persist in railing against it.

Well, it's the law of the land. We should try to make it work for all of us.

Paul Steinke, Philadelphia

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