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Letter: Ayotte Does a Disservice to the ACA

To the Editor:

I believe wholeheartedly in the concept of universal health care. I also admit that our first attempt at its implementation is anything but perfect. There have been few wide-ranging programs intended to better the lives of our citizens that proceeded with a perfect score card. I suggest that instead of finding fault with the whole of our current health-care law, Sen. Kelly Ayotte may be of greater service to the residents of New Hampshire by spending more time advising a few of her colleagues on ways to improve what is already benefiting a significant number of people.

Additionally, I believe that the tide has changed with regard to public acceptance of the Affordable Care Act. By continually fighting old battles, the senator does an injustice to the kind of leadership our state expected when she was elected. It is one of the roles of the “loyal opposition” to suggest ways and means to support a smooth implementation of existing law. To work against this concept does a terrible disservice.

In recent fundraising mailings, Sen. Ayotte has called into question Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi as somehow having “rammed through” legislation in support of the ACA. It happens to be the way our government works. If she has any specific ideas that would help the ACA improve its capacity to serve people, I would very much like to hear them. In whole or in part, ideas to improve the health of our citizenry will go a long way toward protecting “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that is the promise of our nation.

Martin Singer