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November 1, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 1, 2013

Give health care law a chance

The Affordable Care Act is the most worthwhile law passed and enacted by lawmakers in this country for a long while.

Republicans claim it’s a disaster and a failure. They say Obamacare is not working. What they are saying is quite premature, to say the least. The Affordable Care Act is barely out of the chute. People will not actually received coverage until 2014. An undertaking of this magnitude is undoubtedly going to take time to market, organize, implement and administer. Add in the undeniable amount of big government bureaucracy and red tape, and that means another unfortunate though necessary delay. Along the way there will be revisions, possibly many. I rarely hear any more about the current skyrocketing health care costs that affect the poor, lower middle class and middle class families unable to afford decent health care as it is now.

The Republicans chatter of enormous cost for Obamacare — what about the nearly one t-r-i-l-l-i-o-n dollars the Bush administration spent on the Iraq War? A war that was absolutely unnecessary. We can thank Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove for the economic disparity that Obama inherited in 2009, and our country is trying to get out of that yet today. I am sure the trillion dollars would be more than helpful for ironing out the glitches for the Affordable Care Act.

Give Obamacare a chance. In years to come the American people will say, “What would we ever do without Obamacare?”

— James A. Hartman

Terre Haute

Looking ahead to ‘real change’

In reply to the Oct. 20 letter from William Fussman:

I notice that you believe the two-party system is a complete failure and it is time for “real change.” Unfortunately, you forgot to mention any of your ideas for real change. One party or three or more would be your main choices. The last time the American people fell for “real change” was a few years ago when Obama sold us his bill of goods. It will take several years to recover from the mess he has us in today.

If you are suggesting a one-party system, then sit back and relax because that is the very thing the current president is working toward. It goes by another name, dictatorship. Three or more parties would be similar to some foreign countries. Those lead to continual civil war. Which of the two are you suggesting? Our two-party system is struggling today because the difference between the parties is at an all-time high.

I sure hope the American people do not fall for any more of the nonsense proposed by our liberal friends. There is no way to pay our debts on our current course. What we need in Washington is real people running our country and fewer politicians and lawyers. I am looking forward to what your “real changes” are.

— Joe DeLorme

Clay City

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