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Letter to the editor, September 29

Politics at its worse


The attempt by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is yet another example of their loyalty to wealthy special interests (i.e. health care industry and insurance companies) over the needs of their broader constituency who elected them.


If the ACA is so awful as depicted by the lies and distortions the extremists in the GOP have portrayed it as, then why did they offer it as an alternative to Clinton’s Universal Health Care plan back in the 1990s?


That’s right, Obamacare is almost entirely identical to the GOP’s Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993, including the part that bans denying medical coverage for pre-existing conditions.


There was no outrage then by Republicans of the costs of such a plan because they ultimately knew that it would save Americans more in health care costs than any taxes needed to help cover low-income families.


Currently, the 85 percent of Americans who already have health care coverage will not be impacted by the new law and its effect on our deficit will be considerably less than the ever-increasing out-of-pocket expense we are currently paying private insurers.


The ACA is far from perfect, but it’s a vast improvement over what we’ve had or anything the Republicans are offering to replace it.


This is purely politics at its worse and serves no other purpose than to make Obama look bad in the hopes that the declining public approval ratings of the GOP will reverse itself.


Larry Beck,