Obamacare: Misnomer of gargantuan proportions
October 09, 2013 12:00 AM | 1155 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I have known Mr. O’Brien for a number of years, and have a great deal of respect for him and his legal acumen. I take issue, however, with his characterization of the GOP’s efforts to impose restraints on not only our runaway spending by coupling any raising of the debt limit with substantial and meaningful reductions in government spending, but also on spending for the unmitigated disaster known as “Obamacare”. We have all seen that “The Affordable Care Act” is a misnomer of gargantuan proportions.

Obamacare was not, as O’Brien claims, “thoroughly debated in both houses of Congress.”

It couldn’t possibly have been debated, because no one knew what was contained in the bill. One need only quote that paragon of competence and good government, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who memorably stated that “we have to pass it to see what’s in it!” The debate, such as it was, concerned the fact that no one COULD debate it because, contrary to what most Democrats believe, debate consists of presenting opposing views on the merits of an issue, with each side trying to convince the other of the relative merits of their position. Since neither side knew what the merits were, they could not possibly have “thoroughly debated” the bill.

Furthermore — and no less importantly — the bill was rammed through the Senate by the simple expedient of the majority leader’s unprecedented departure from the Senate’s established parliamentary procedures, garnering not one single Republican vote!

If it takes a default, so be it! At some point, we must put an end to fiscal irresponsibility, restore fiscal sanity, and require production from millions of government-dependent slackers!

Scott Chadwick

Marietta
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October 09, 2013
Wow, you mean the debate over Obama-care was unfair! Here are some things that happened on the night the GOP pushed the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit through the House of Representatives.

A 15 minute vote was scheduled, at the end of 15 minutes, the Democrats had won. The Republicans froze the clock for three hours while they desperately whipped defectors. This had never been done before. Tom DeLay bribed Rep Nick Smith to vote for the legislation, using the political future of Smith's son for leverage. DeLay was later reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee. The leadership told Red Jim DeMint that they would cut off funding for his South Carolina Senate seat if he didn't vote for the bill. The chief actuary of Medicare, Rick Foster, had scored the legislation as costing more than $500 billion. The Bush Administration suppressed his report, in a move the Government Accounting Office later judged as illegal. I suppose whether something is fair or unfair is a matter of whose ox is being gored.
why not
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October 09, 2013
If it takes a default, so be it! Oh please, you want to destroy the government to save it? If the Republicans really thought the ACA was such "gargantuan disaster" they would let it fail and run for election on it's failure. They are terrified that like SSI and Medicare it will be a success for millions of Americans and they will be proven wrong. This is a temper tantrum by a group of right wing malcontents with a FOX induced pathological hatred of the President.
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