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October 1, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 1, 2013

Correcting a flaw in the law

I have a solution to the fight over Obamacare, the impending federal government shutdown and the increase in the national debt limit. My position rests with media reports stating a substantial fallacy in the Affordable Care Act. That 500,000 children can be excluded from coverage and/or be ineligible for subsidies from state health exchanges should a parent be offered affordable coverage through his or her workplace given a drafting oversight committed by the framers of the law.  

In this context, both sides can save face by my solution. The radical Republicans in Congress should jump on this “glitch” issue with both feet to force the president to rethink his position regarding the timetable for  implementation of this law. President Obama can then acknowledge the fact that an egregious error and omission has been committed by this possible exclusion of health care coverage for the children.

In the name of the children, he can declare, “I have changed my position on the implementation of this law as it is slated to go into effect Oct. 1. I will inform the leadership of the United States Senate that: ‘I will delay implementing this law for one year.’”

He can further expound, “I have changed my mind because I cannot accept nor can I tolerate such an inadequacy in this law which would affect 500,000 individuals, and especially the children.” This lets the president off the hook. The tea party then can claim victory given the president’s admission to delay the law’s implementation for a year. This makes them look good back home to their constituents.

In this linkage of issues among shutting down the government, health care law and national debt limit, congressional Republicans in being victorious over this health care fight would be willing to vote for the budget appropriations necessary to keep the government open into the next fiscal year, thereupon raising the debt limit in three weeks, thereby preserving the full faith and credit of the United States.

Thereafter, we Americans could then go into the holiday season with some sense of economic certainty that these politicians would not be sending this nation’s economy over the precipice into the dark abyss of economic calamity.

And lastly, that Ted Cruz and his tea party cronies could then calm down from their current collective panties-in-a-twist frenzy over Obamacare to perhaps return to a more sane, sensible and reasonable state of mind to act like leaders and not like children.

— Earl Beal

Terre Haute

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