While I was disappointed in Congress' recent failure to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act, I was encouraged by the comments of our Congressman Dave Joyce who serves Stow and the 14th District. In an email to his constituents, Congressman Joyce explained his reasons for not supporting the bill. According to his email, there was nothing in the replacement plan that lowered costs for people who get health care via their employer. The bill did not allow for adequate verification to ensure that people applying for health care tax credits were not in the country illegally. Most importantly, the bill itself did not repeal and replace the original Affordable Care Act.

Congressman Joyce has demonstrated during his time in office under two presidents and two speakers of the house that he doesn't march in lockstep with either officeholder, even if that person is also a member of his own political party. Instead, he seeks the opinions of the people in this district through meetings, polls, letters and other means. He balances this input with information from colleagues and qualified professionals to arrive at a decision that is best for the people he serves.

There will be opportunities in the coming weeks and months for Congress to learn from their mistakes and create a better bill. When that happens, I know we can trust our Congressman to weigh the positives and negatives, work hard to once again gather local feedback and vote accordingly. We should expect nothing less from anyone whom we send to Washington, D.C. to represent us.

Gary Paskey, Stow