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October 16, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Oct. 16

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Man frustrated with GOP’s tactics

For almost 100 years, presidents have tried to come up with a plan for those who have little or no monetary access to health care, whether their affliction is mundane or life-threatening.

Finally, after a long struggle, President Obama, with a Democratic Congress, overcame many obstacles to come up with at least a starter plan — for which I and most others do not come close to fully understanding. But, at least it is a plan and I’m sure that it will take more than just tweaking to get it right. But, we will get there in time, and we will save a ton of money.

It will be like Social Security and other programs which turned out well but were highly opposed by most Republicans at the time. The upper echelon of the GOP — like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and company will go to any extreme and tell any lie to try to undo or unfund this Affordable Care Act. They cannot bear to see Obama leave office with such a proud legacy.

People already love the parts that cover pre-existing conditions and the family plan that covers 26-year-old offspring.

The rest kicked in Oct. 1, the same day the Republican Party shut our government down to prevent Obama’s plan — which is now the law of the land — from kicking in. It’s a law that will help maintain a healthier society.

The practice alone of the indigent visiting the emergency room as opposed to having the means to visit a doctor will save billions of dollars a year.

This is the same Republican Party that tried to unfund Planned Parenthood, the most prominent organization in the U.S. for standing up for women’s rights. This is the same party that wanted to cut millions of dollars from the food stamp and school free lunch program. This is the same party that under the last Bush presidency gave we seniors one of the most costly breaks on medicine in history, regardless if you earned a dollar a year or a million a year.

This is the same party that is willing to split a family apart by sending their father back to his homeland even if his only offense is his lack of legal papers.

This is the same party that ousted one of our greatest Republican statesmen in modern history only because he dared to work across the aisles with the Democrats in congress. Yes, Sen. Lugar’s words of wisdom have been greatly missed.

We all realize that the rank and file of the Republican Party are not directly culpable for the gridlock and obstructionism on Capitol Hill, but you are the ones that elected these people.   

— Charlie Gregory, Charlestown

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