Letter: Don't get too carried away with what act does, he says
TO THE EDITOR: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now law of the land.
I hope the good people of both parties don't get too carried away with what it actually does. Democrats, this is not health care reform. It's not single payer nor does it have the public option. I wish it was single payer, but it's not.
Republicans, I can say the exact same thing to you. What this is is health insurance reform. It's not a government takeover. It's not the Feds running
roughshod over the States, (the States do have an opt out option), and it certainly is not an affront to anyone's freedom. If you want a place with absolute freedom, no taxes and no regulations, move to Somalia and see how that goes for ya. If you want a place with some taxes and some regulations, Mexico is one option.
One argument I hear the GOP leadership espouse is that the American People have spoken and they didn't want this. I disagree. On Nov. 4, 2008, 435 House seats were up for grabs, 33 Senate seats and one President. The majority of politicians ran on the health care issue. The people spoke and increased the Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, and Obama garnered more votes than any President in U.S. history. Largely because of health care. Polls and really loud voices are one thing, elections represent Americans.
George Washington said to the Continental Army, "As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality."
Read that last paragraph again. Washington was far ahead of his time.