published Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

'Health care reform is the law of the land' and more letters to the editor

Health care reform is the law of the land

As a United States citizen, I cannot understand those elected representatives who voted for this incorrect government shutdown. We elected them to support the laws of the land. The Affordable Care Act is a law voted on and upheld by the Supreme Court and the majority of Americans want an expanded health-care system.

These elected representatives are supposed to uphold the laws of the land. They take oaths to uphold these laws, but we can bear witness that those who voted for the government shutdown do not uphold United States laws. We need to elect new representatives who will uphold the U.S. laws. I feel Americans cannot be held hostage by these elected officials. This government shutdown is not correct. Elected representatives are supposed to support what is best for the country and our economy. Shutting the government down, putting thousands of people out of work, is contrary to what is best for the country.

The President has continually submitted job bills to the House for improving the economy without success. Again, our economy is held hostage to poor House leadership.

Let’s elect new House representatives!

IRENE W. DOWDELL

Obamacare and the shutdown

Millions of Americans have overwhelmed Obamacare websites and call centers trying to get affordable health insurance. The Times Free Press (Oct. 2) reported on one local woman, Muriel Hassell, who has postponed surgery because she cannot afford health insurance without Obamacare. She skipped breakfast to go sign up.

So what have Rep. Fleischmann and his extremists conservative Republican colleagues in the U. S. House of Representatives done to help Ms. Hassell by supporting and improving Obamacare? Nothing! They’ve voted to kill it.

But Democrats control the Senate and the White House, so the Republican extremists could not kill Obamacare. Then what did they do? They shut down the government, hurting big and small businesses all over our country.

Republican representatives from other states are now ready to reopen the government. If House Speaker Boehner would allow a vote, a large majority of sane Republicans and Democrats would would vote to reopen.

Obamacare needs adjustments in the years to come. But in the meantime it will save a lot of American lives. In 2014 please vote for a candidate for the House who supports affordable health insurance and has enough common sense to protect our economy and keep our government open.

HORACE N. BARKER JR.

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fairmon said...

Be careful what you wish for and remember if it sounds too good to be true it is most likely not true. The SCOTUS narrow ruling addressed the penalty and offered the option of calling it a tax. Those in the lead did not push the constitutionality of the law but made the mistake of thinking challenging the penalty for not buying would stop it.

October 8, 2013 at 4:40 a.m.
anniebelle said...

I can vividly remember all the ads on teevee with Ronald Reagan spouting the HORRIFIC SOCIALIST DANGERS of Medicare. It has proven to be one of our most beneficial, efficiently run and popular government programs. The GOP is using the same playbook all these years later because they wouldn't dare want a program this powerful to benefit a Democratic leader, much less a black one. We know the dog whistles and all the tactics used on poor, uneducated people in this country to scare them into voting against their best interest. Grab a history book and see what happened in 95-96 after Nasty Newt tried his childish power grab and shutting the government down -- it's no less than treasonous. Live and learn.

October 8, 2013 at 5:53 a.m.
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