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October 8, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 8, 2013

Misleading claim on ACA’s impact

Rep. Larry Bucshon’s office staff just told me he is not opposed to widespread access to health insurance, just to the Affordable Care Act, which he claims will not help anyone and is causing businesses and government to cut hours.

What a misleading claim. He and his party have fought tooth and nail against any kind of national insurance, insurance subsidy, insurance expansion, research for controlling costs, bargaining with drug companies — pretty much anything that would give patients the freedom to choose their care.

Yes, all the governments and businesses who are cutting hours right now say it’s to get their employees under 30 hours and avoid having to pay for health insurance. What was their excuse for cutting hours and wages last year, and five years ago, and 10 years ago?

Would Rep. Bucshon like to sponsor a bill for single-payer national insurance, which would eliminate any reason for any business to manipulate hours to avoid paying benefits — and by all experiences in the world provide better health outcomes for less money?

— Samuel J. Martland

Terre Haute

Dems to blame for shutdown

Despite efforts by the House the government has shutdown. The House sent three bipartisan bills to the Senate in an effort to prevent a shutdown. Included in these bills were things that are very popular with many Americans, including delaying the Obamacare individual mandate for one year and repealing the medical device tax. I think it is reasonable of Rep. Larry Bucshon and other House Republicans to expect members of the Senate to want all Americans to be treated fairly and given the same breaks that President Obama gave to big businesses.

Apparently Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama found a government shutdown preferable to negotiating. I find it odd that the president is so willing to negotiate with dictators in Syria and Iran, but not elected Americans of the Republican Party. It is time for the president and Harry Reid to stop being so uncompromising and negotiate a solution with the House Republicans to get the government re-opened.

Thanks to the House Republicans, active military personnel will receive their checks. Also, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment checks will continue.

I find your editorial comment (Oct. 3, 2013) stating that the term “Obamacare” is derisive to be inaccurate. The president himself has called it that. A more appropriate name for it would be “Unaffordable Care Act” which I’m sure that you would consider derisive.

— Laura Wilkey

Terre Haute

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