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Letter to the Editor - July 13

July 13, 2012

Politics, not care, is reason for health-act opposition


To the editor:

Gov. Romney and House Republicans feel betrayed by Chief Justice Roberts on health care. They expected partisan warfare resulting in a dysfunctional Congress to extend to the judiciary.

I am absolutely sure that the health care issue that is upsetting Republican and tea parties relates only to politics. It has nothing to do with carrying for the uninsured. 

They want it destroyed because they do not want the Democratic party and this president to have success on this vital issue and are willing to sacrifice the health of Americans. They fear future negative historical impact of not being the party that tried to care for the health of citizens.

So over the last couple years we have been flooded with misinformation and diversions to redirect public opinion against the Affordable Care Act.

Remember:

1. Much of this law is made of ideas first proposed in Congress by Republicans.

2. They label national health care as “socialist.” This hot-button word has been leveled at health care attempts for over 100 years, beginning when President Theodore Roosevelt proposed it. People fail to note that millions of Americans already receive their health care from the government (military, veterans, retirees, government employees). 

3. If Republicans cared about the U.S. having a national health care system, they should have taken action during Bush’s administration when they controlled both the executive and legislative branches.

4. Another diversion on health care is “it means more big government.” Allow me to point something out; we are a big country.  The USA is big in every way — economy, population, geography, science, military, education, etc. 

So a big government should not be a surprise. Yet I favor agency consolidation and waste removal where it exists. President Bush began this and President Obama continues it, to both their credit.

5. One final point: Where is the strength of our nation? It’s not in a silo in Kansas, nor on Wall Street. It’s the people, specifically in the education and health of the population. Why is this so hard to grasp?


Dave Hixson
Hagerstown

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