November 24, 2013

Letters to the editor: Affordable Care Act stirs debate

Republicans should present a viable alternative.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is on life support.

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President Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law Nov. 14.

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The government website is a dismal failure, and President Obama has been thoroughly discredited for misleading the American people when he stated that if you like your current health insurance, you can keep it.

Millions of Americans continue to receive cancellation letters, and Obama’s “fix” for this problem is just another political ploy. It has no real substance.

To add insult to injury, Democrats are abandoning “Team Obama” and jumping ship.

The Republicans, on the other hand, are having a field day. After all, this is a golden opportunity for the Republican Party to capture a significant number of Senate and House seats in the 2014 elections.

The Republican leadership smells blood and is ready to pounce. If nothing else, the 2014 elections promise to be downright malicious and will polarize this nation even more.

The Republicans have another choice, however.

They can actually show some leadership by unifying around their own health care bill, presenting it as a viable alternative to Obamacare, and then pushing it through the House of Representatives.

A real debate on health care reform would then ensue, and the American people might finally see their elected officials engaging in something called-governing.

John Cross

Tenants Harbor

A recent liberal argument about “Obama Care” was parroted by a letter writer in the Nov. 18 Press Herald.

The argument goes like this: The Congress passed the law; the Supreme Court reviewed and approved it.

Opponents should just shut up and accept it. On occasion, others have added the notion that because it was passed by the Congress, it necessarily expresses the will of the people. Nice try, but wrong.

The following may help clear up the confusion:

While the law can be said to have been passed by Congress, it was actually passed by the Democrats without a single Republican vote.

Judging from many polls in the year and a half before it was passed, fully 70 percent of the population opposed it. The Democrats passed it anyhow. Even today, a majority of the electorate still oppose it.

In well-publicized dereliction of their responsibility, the Democrats passed the bill without even reading it. In sheep-like fashion, they heeded Senate Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi: You have to pass it to find out what’s in it.

The Supreme Court did not “review and approve” the law.

The ruling was limited to deciding whether the government could levy a penalty against those who did not buy government approved health insurance.

Chief Justice John Roberts, in a rather tortured justification, broke a tie vote by essentially rewriting the law to define the word “penalty” to mean “tax,” then confirming the government’s power of taxation.

This despite the wording of the law itself, which specifically defined the payment as a penalty, not as a tax.

Beyond this limited decision, however, the court did not review or approve any other provision.

Finally, the First Amendment entitles the people speak out against any law they don’t like.

Paul S. Bachorik

Falmouth

LePage could help Mainers by supporting Obamacare

As a rural Mainer, I am very disappointed with Gov. Paul LePage for not supporting the Affordable Care Act.

As governor, he should be able to see the health care needs of Mainers and work to ensure that we have every plan and dollar available to us from Washington.

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