Letter: We Have Reason to Resist

To the Editor:

It is hard for me to believe that Nelson Lichtenstein would compare the Southern states’ “massive resistance” to integration and equal voting rights with the objection that 60 percent of Americans have regarding the Affordable Care Act (“Segregationists’ Tactics Enjoy a Revival,” Sept. 13). I do not care what political affiliation you have, to be labeled racist because you object to a massive piece of legislation is really idiotic. I really find it ridiculous that the only political affiliation mentioned in the commentary were Republicans, even though most, dare we say all, of the “massive resistance” to any civil rights legislation in the ’60s was Democratic. The objection many have is that the so-called navigators are under-educated individuals who will have access to the most intimate details of your life, creating the possibility that your information will be exposed and shared with almost every government agency. Last but definitely not least, whatever happened to the notion that if you like your doctor, you can keep him or her, and if you like your insurance, you can keep it — and your insurance will not go up one dime? There are plenty of reasons to complain, so let’s just play the race card.

C. Robert Cusick



Column: Segregationists’ Tactics Enjoy a Revival

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Last month, Americans took pride in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Unfortunately, we are also revisiting a far darker episode in our history, a civil rights-era conflict that tells us much about the hurdles facing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious piece of social legislation enacted in almost half a century. That episode was …