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Letter: Stand United Against Obamacare

To the Editor:

Polls consistently show that the majority of Americans are opposed to Obamacare. They fear that health care will be degraded under the full effects of the law. Premiums are already skyrocketing. Businesses are transferring employees and retirees to the so-called “exchanges.” Part-time jobs have become the norm for the “new economy.” No congressional Republican voted for Obamacare.

Given all of that, why are some Republicans “unnerved” at the opposition to Obamacare and resorting to personal insults toward Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas? Maybe it’s because Congress and its staffers have received exemptions from Obamacare, and no congressman wants to upset that apple cart. Are the “unnerved” Republicans more interested in retaining their power than they are in carrying forward the will of the people?

Maybe it’s because opposition to Obamacare is coming from conservatives and Tea Party supporters. “Moderate” and liberal Republicans detest conservatives and Tea Party-supported congressmen because the latter are unwilling to adopt the “go-along-to-get-along” way of doing business that has plagued D.C. for decades. They understand that “compromising” has gotten us into the mess we’re currently in. Maybe “moderate” and liberal Republicans really believe that the party has to act more like the Democratic Party and not make waves for it to be loved by the voters. Maybe it’s a little bit of all of these. No matter what the reason, congressional Republicans are wrong.

Congressional Republicans have the golden opportunity to establish themselves as a credible, conservative alternative to the Democratic Party’s nanny state. First, they should refuse to accept the Obamacare exemption and demonstrate that they are not a class above everyone else. They must remind voters that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said we’d have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it. Now that we’ve found out, many people are less than pleased.

If the Republican Party fails to stand united against Obamacare and clearly and concisely explain the harm Obamacare will do to this country, it will suffer a defeat that will ultimately lead to its demise.

Alan Tanenbaum

Grantham

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