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Letter: Health care legislation has too many weaknesses

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Based on what we know now about the problems inherent with the Affordable Care Act, if it was brought to a vote today, do you think Americans would still be in favor of it becoming law?

Since the information given when it was originally offered to the public has proven to be fabrications and its implementation so unwieldy, chances for passage would be unlikely. Claims made of reduced costs, access to your own doctor and accessibility have proven to be overstated. To argue that “health care” is a law is to forget that it’s already been altered a dozen times since ratification.

Now, if this observation is wrong and the Democrats still feel it is a viable program, the solution to the budget hang-up is simple: Pass that part of the budget that both parties agree to, and create a separate resolution for necessary funds to keep “Obamacare” alive.

From all we are hearing, this is not possible. The bill became law during the president’s first term, when he enjoyed a comfortable majority of the voters. The voters displayed their confidence in him and wanted “Obamacare” to succeed.

Now the tide has changed. We’ve witnessed unprecedented weaknesses of the health legislation, and lack of candor from the White House concerning ongoing scandals such as Benghazi, IRS, guns across the border and their initial decision to withhold benefits from the families of our military killed in action. President Obama is no longer looked upon as a forceful and brilliant leader, but as a “lead from behind” neophyte.

According to today’s ABC poll, the president’s approval rating is 37 percent. It was his 60-percent approval figure that got him elected, now a far cry from where it was. With loss of confidence goes the loss of voter approval.

With this all in mind, one wonders, how does the media have the audacity to attempt to lay blame on the Republican Party for the shutdown? Such dishonesty discredits their hardand well-earned reputation. The public has grown tired of the empty promises and posturing rhetoric, and is ready for change steeped in honesty, concern and courage.

And a final thought is the upcoming 2014 elections. If the liberals don’t win the existing battle, their chances of losing more ground are compounded. The shutdown is a must-win situation for the president and his party.

Richard Viall

Woodbridge

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