Letter to the Editor

Repeal of act epitomizes disconnect

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

To the Editor:

Republican efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act totally or bit by bit represents the epitome of disconnect between the senior citizen-white-relatively wealthy members of that party and the majority of this nation.

How any compassionate person can oppose health care reform blows the mind.

The U.S. does NOT have the world's best health care; our infant mortality is NOT the lowest; our life expectancy is NOT the highest; our ratio of doctors to number of citizens is NOT the highest, etc. etc.

The Act provides freedom from worry that one's insurance will be capped if one is unexpectedly in an accident or becomes ill; it allows children to stay on their parents' policy until they finish school; it means one can get affordable insurance even with a pre-existing condition; it allows one to change jobs without losing insurance; it and will eventually enable over 30 million uninsured persons to acquire insurance.

The argument that requiring health insurance violates the Constitution is ridiculous. The government requires drivers' licenses, passports, visas, etc.

We are seniors ourselves and are chagrined to think that the Grand Old Party is so old it no longer realizes that we live in an entirely different world.

Healthcare for ALL protects us ALL.

How can they not see that?

Don and Kay Weaver