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Letters to the editor, November 28

Health care hypocrisy

Texas has the highest number of uninsured people in the United States. There are one million people uninsured, of which 852,000 are children.

Sen. Ted Cruz shut down the government last October in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. This cost the American taxpayer — a $24 billion hit to the economy.

Cruz is telling people across the country to not enroll in the Affordable Care Act. He has said on many occasions that he speaks for the 26 million Texans who do not want health care through the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that only 4.4 million people cast votes in his 2012 Senate election.

Not everyone voted for Sen. Cruz and do not share his sentiment about no health care for the uninsured. He has an annual $20,000 health care plan through his wife’s job that is subsidized by the government to the tune of about $8,500.

It seems hypocritical that political leaders in federal and state government — who have access to the best health care and doctors in the world — advocate to the uninsured that they should not bother with enrolling in health care where everyone takes some responsibility for their health care costs.

But instead, our leaders suggest that the uninsured continue — if they can make it there — to use the hospital emergency rooms and send the bills to the taxpayers.

This is the height of hypocrisy. Everyone should have health care to ensure the health and security of their families.

Mary C. Taylor,