Do Your Job

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Dear Mr President,

During the campaign you told the American people that you had a magnificent health care plan. I did not believe you. For that and many other reasons, I did not vote for you. Hillary Clinton got nearly 3 million more votes than you did and your victory in the Electoral College was by one of the smallest percentages ever. Nonetheless, by virtue of our laws you became the President.  I don’t like it, but it is my responsibility to respect the office and whoever undertakes its responsibilities. That is one of my jobs as a citizen.

Your job as President is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. The Constitution requires that you “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Art.II, Sec.3. This applies to the laws you personally like and the laws you don’t like. The ACA is still the law of the land. It is your job to faithfully uphold that law. Do your job.

It would be a dereliction of your constitutional duties to use your administration to aggravate the deficiencies of the ACA or conspire with insurance companies to undermine the means by which millions of American access basic health care. You said that letting the ACA “explode” would be the smart thing to do politically. Maybe. But as the President you are more than a politician. You are a public servant with a high moral obligation to care for the welfare of ALL Americans. You are the President. Do your job.

To enhance and improve the ACA will be an unwelcome task given your personal opinions on the health care system. The burdens of the office of President are many, grave and all difficult to bear I have no doubt. But your job was  not cast upon you by fate or inheritance. You sought it out. You worked for it. You enlisted others to help you campaign for it, and you won it. You wanted to be the President. You are the President. So now, do your job.