Stop trashing opponents of Obamacare with the implication that they ‘don’t care.’
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
It’s rude to question opponents’ integrity
One sentence in the Nov. 23 editorial (“ ‘Dead Man Walking’ and the case for ACA”) discredits the entire opinion. The Editorial Board writes: “Those who argue that the old health care system was fine don’t understand the deadly consequences of being a ‘medical have-not.’ ” No one — absolutely no one — thinks the old system was just “fine,” and to argue that anyone does think that way is disingenuous if not downright untrue. House Republicans passed several health care plans in their attempt to stop the government takeover of our health care system, and none of them were covered in any detail in the Star Tribune. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prevented all of these bills from reaching the floor of the Senate for consideration.
The sentence following the “medical have-not “ sentence in the editorial was even more outrageous. The Editorial Board writes: “Or, even worse, they don’t care.” At the risk of sounding too radical for the Readers Write section, how dare the Star Tribune say such an awful thing about those of us who disagree with the methods of the Affordable Care Act. Argue the virtues of the ACA as you see them, but disparagement and lies about those who disagree is wearing thin.
BOB HAGEMAN, Chaska
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I disagree that the patient cited in the editorial will die because he is uninsured. A patient possessing no insurance is merely a symptom of the United States’ lack of commitment to health care for Americans under 65. Establishing guaranteed access to standard medical care for everyone under 65 is the best preventive medicine our politicians could ever deliver. The ACA is not a cure, because it will not guarantee health care to the poor; it simply enrolls them into the same flawed scheme of health “insurance” that has been driving costs up everywhere. Establishing guaranteed access to care is known as one-payer health care, a surefire cure for what ails our national health care chaos.
DIANE J. PETERSON, White Bear Lake
Renew the ban; like all criminal laws, it helps
A Nov. 23 letter arguing that a plastic gun ban would be ineffective was representative of the twisted logic that is commonly used by the gun lobby. The writer argues that criminals and terrorists would not be deterred by a ban from obtaining and possessing plastic guns, which are undetectable by X-ray and other scanners.
First, the current ban on such weapons, which is expiring, has been highly effective. Plastic guns are rarely found in this country. Were such weapons permitted here, we would see them showing up in schools, legislatures, courthouses, aircraft and other places where scanners have been used to protect our most sensitive institutions.
The argument by the writer is that even with a ban on plastic weapons, some criminals and terrorists will nevertheless find and use such weapons. Thus, suggests the writer, a ban on plastic weapons would be futile because it would not prevent every instance of criminality. By this logic, all criminal laws should be abolished.
DAVID R. LUDWIGSON, Stillwater
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