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December 20, 2014

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Health care law isn’t perfect, but it is a good start

Some Republicans want to repeal the health care law. I hope they will not succeed.

This law is not all that I had hoped for — mainly it does not contain provisions for a single-payer plan. Although changes need to be made to the law, let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.

Ever since Harry Truman, several presidents, including some Republicans, have tried in vain to pass some kind of health care bill. This legislation, even with its flaws, is a foot in the door and I applaud its passage. After this past disgusting campaign, it would be really encouraging to finally see both parties work together for the good of the country.

One can only hope!

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  1. "Some Republicans want to repeal the health care law. I hope they will not succeed."

    Armstrong -- I notice you neglected to mention anything about that new law's part about making me a felon because I will refuse to enroll in it. Care to comment on why it should not be repealed in that context?

    "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from your government and I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan

  2. Killer I think he did when he said changes need to be made. or at least that's the way I took it.

  3. Nobody is threatening to put anyone in jail if they refuse to purchase health insurance.

    If someone with means insists on being irresponsible by refusing to obtain health insurance, he or she will be required to pay an additional tax to offset the cost of later care that will likely be borne by the public.

    I would have thought that conservatives would be in favor of personal respsonsibility.

  4. And LarryV, Democrats were desparate for bipartisan support of the health care bill. Republicans circled their wagons and refused to participate in the debate rather than risk having the democrats claim a legislative victory.

    They gambled -- and lost. Now, they want to start the entire process all over again from square one? Are they kidding? What have they been doing for the last 2+ years?

    If Republicans have a comprehensive plan to cover more Americans and lower costs, then let's hear it.

  5. "Killer I think he did when he said changes need to be made. or at least that's the way I took it."

    casinokid -- it's already the law.

    "Nobody is threatening to put anyone in jail if they refuse to purchase health insurance."

    Emthree -- really? Check out page 3 @ http://republicans.waysandmeans.house.go...

    There used to be a plan in place to cover all the uninsured called Hill-Burton. One must wonder what happened to it.

    "In the general course of human nature, a power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will." -- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper 79, 1787-88

  6. Emthree - "Nobody is threatening to put anyone in jail if they refuse to purchase health insurance."

    Very true Emthree, it's another Fox News BS story they've hashed out.

  7. Bwaahaha .. so to prove a point, KillerB immediately gravitates to a Republican site edited by (R)David Camp. Try reading the bill. The data David Camp offers is based on 2008 statistics, concerning investigations of tax fraud, before the bill was passed.

    Where in the actual bill does it state people will go to prison for not purchasing insurance?

  8. Yes, tax evasion will remain a crime.

  9. The CBO estimates the bill will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the ten years from 2010 through 2019. In the following years 2020 through 2029, they estimate that the bill will reduce the deficit by $1.3 trillion.

    http://www.cbpp.org/search/?q=cbo+report...

    Start here.

  10. "The CBO estimates were grossly wrong then and they still are grossly WRONG."

    Why? Because Fox said so? I guess the CBO is only correct when the Republicans are in control, all other times they are wrong?