Letter of the Day (March 19): Rob Portman, Paul Ryan

  • Updated: March 18, 2013 - 7:51 PM
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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of the House Budget Committee 2014 Budget Resolution as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

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The recent announcement that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio supports same-sex marriage now that his son has come out as gay shows something quite interesting about politics: It is very easy to be against something when it is political, not personal.

The same principle is relevant in a variety of places. I wonder how many legislators who hate government-sponsored health care have ever really faced the horror of being without. Several years ago, a layoff at the height of the recession showed me just how important a government safety net can be.

Ironically, people like U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan who advocate a dismantling of health care programs have lived a life of insurance privilege.

I wonder if Ryan might follow Mr. Portman’s footsteps and change his views if he were to truly look at a future reality where he was one of the millions who would have to go without care in his budget. Just asking.

Michael Emerson, Eden Prairie

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