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Continued: Readers Write: (Oct. 20): Catholic Church, Eisenhower on war, Obamacare and the media

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Like Lewis, I have come to appreciate the balanced reason behind much of what Eisenhower stood for and acted upon. I would, however, suggest a different Ike response to the following example Lewis posed: “Some Republicans, such as Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, have called for increasing the Pentagon budget by undoing across-the-board cuts contained in recent budget sequestration. How do you feel?”

The Eisenhower response, from his State of the Union address in 1953: “To amass military power without regard to our economic capacity would be to defend ourselves against one kind of disaster by inviting another.”

PETER SAMMOND, Minnetonka

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

The real reasons for public skepticism?

Trudy Lieberman’s Oct. 13 commentary on the Affordable Care Act (“The best covered story that remains a mystery”) was right on target.

Nearly every article that has appeared in the Star Tribune since the launch of the health exchanges has focused on the glitches, the fixes, and the numbers visiting the MNsure website.

On the other hand, before and during the Minnesota State Fair, the paper provides entire color sections, including full-page maps on how to find new attractions and navigate the fairgrounds.

Maybe there should be at least equal treatment to the cheese curd vendors (no offense to the cheese curders) to help people navigate the new law and its exchanges.

TOM BAUMANN, Isanti, Minn.

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Lieberman was off-base in blaming the news media for the public’s not connecting to Obamacare. When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, there were two groups of people in favor of it: Democratic politicians and government workers who believed Obamacare would enhance their careers, and people who believed Obamacare was free, or would cost less than what they were paying.

As time passed, the latter group shrank. People not only noticed that Obamacare cost more, but also that they were losing the health insurance and doctors they already had, or that they were losing their jobs and seeing their work hours cut. If they personally didn’t suffer, they had relatives, friends and neighbors who did. Also, people who can do math know that increasing benefits and the number of people covered will not make Obamacare cost less.

No matter how the news media tries to spin Obamacare, people can see for themselves it won’t work.

ROSALIND KOHLS, Glencoe, Minn.

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