Letter: A Small but Significant Step
To the Editor:
Allan Tanenbaum’s letter proposes that a majority of Americans oppose the Affordable Care Act (“Stand Against Obamacare,” Sept. 25). But most Americans opposed a woman’s right to vote. Most Americans opposed integration, gay rights, same-sex marriage and on and on.
The Affordable Care Act may be a terrible law. I don’t know. As a retired postal worker, I enjoy cheap medical coverage. Not as good as what is disgracefully available in the halls of Congress, but very good nonetheless.
But what about the many Americans who have little or no health care? Are we taxpayers supposed to pay through the nose for them in emergency room visits? Or should we let them die quietly in their homes or in homeless shelters?
Maybe the Affordable Care Act is not great, but leaving defenseless people to struggle against multinational insurance companies is almost criminal.
Tannenbaum references “so-called exchanges.” What are they really? Death squads? Tell us. Part-time jobs have become the norm for the new economy, and this was caused by the Affordable Care Act? Nonsense. Multinationals have made a steady, vicious attack against the American worker by cutting wages and benefits for at least 25 years. Not coincidentally, union representation is down to less than 7 percent of the workforce.
Tannenbaum makes the ludicrous statement that the Tea Party regulars will not suffer to be included in “go-along-to-get-along” crowd of Republicans or Democrats. Who are they? Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate majority leader, whose agenda wa s to make President Obama a one-term president? Or those House members and senators who participate in the countless votes that break along strict party lines? We’re not in Kansas anymore. Almost no one in Congress is voting his conscience for the betterment of all Americans.
The Affordable Care Act should stand or fall on its own merits. Hopefully, it is a small but significant step toward getting all Americans health care, not just members of Congress and retired federal workers.
You’re not supposed to hold a financial gun to the head of all Americans and call it integrity. That’s not being a patriot.