Letters to the editor, December 5
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Updated: January 6, 2013 9:27AM
Indiana GOP seems to think health care act is now OK
Voters who re-elected President Barack Obama are aware that many provisions of the “Obamacare” health insurance legislation will make their lives better.
Please note: Obama cared and cares about access to health care for the 99 percent who do not have the insurance benefits so many legislators — including Gov.-elect Mike Pence — already have and that are paid for by taxpayers.
Among those benefits: Those who have a pre-existing condition cannot be disqualified from health insurance, children under the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ health insurance, and women have access to affordable contraception, which is proven to reduce abortions.
I was mildly amused, but frankly disgusted, therefore, to read in the Nov. 20 Post Tribune (“Indiana’s Legislature Ponders Health Costs”) that “even though his rhetoric against President Barack Obama’s signature legislation remains sharp, Pence may not be ruling out a state-run (health insurance) exchange long term. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Pence has told him the state could retake control of the exchange after a year if it works well.”
So, let’s review — Pence and Bosma are opposed to the part of the Affordable Care Act (a name the Republicans dare not utter since it combines “affordable” and “care”) that would make sure Hoosiers have a way to shop for reasonably priced insurance from their own state, but if it works well, they will take it over.
I guess that’s better than complete intransigence on their part, but wouldn’t it be more mature and healthier for Hoosiers if they just followed the law in the first place?
GOP keeps using McCain
to take one for the team
In 2008, Republicans unearthed John McCain to run against Barack Obama.
After eight horrendous years of George Bush, the Republicans knew they would lose to Obama, Pluto or even me. This was a noncontest, and they knew it from day one.
The thinking was, bring in McCain. He is old and going nowhere; he is done.
Then, in 2012, the same Republicans shoved McCain out front and center to begin the GOP dance of obstruction. Let Ol’ John make a total fool of himself over the tragic Benghazi attack.
Armed with anger and zero facts, he went on and on about Susan Rice, calling her everything but a Muslim. As the facts began to emerge, it was apparent Ol’ John was taking another one for the team.
Rice repeated the early assessments of the National Security Agency. That’s all, John. You picked the wrong fight again, and the GOP let you. Just like Mitt Romney, you “shot first and aimed later.”
You are a good man, John McCain; retire now.
Keep your enemies close and your “friends” even closer.