Republicans Wrong On Health Care

RECEIVED Tue., Jan. 11, 2011

Dear Editor
    The present Republican posturing has enormous implications in opportunity costs (a posturing that uses precious legislative time and energy in declaring Barack Obama's health care legislation unconstitutional and undoing the enormous work for health care coverage of Americans) and has profound import. The health care legislation has been estimated to cut the federal deficit by $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and will cover 95% of all Americans. Secondly, health insurance companies collaborated on this legislation, and thus the public option was deleted; this should be reconsidered if the Republicans wish to create a constructive mandate that is cost-saving and responds to the crisis in health care coverage. Now John Boehner needs to show his worth if the symbol of the Republican Party survives into perpetuity or whether the voting public decides that the Hydralike head of the party (whether tea party, Libertarian, or Republican mainstream) needs to be replaced by a functional political entity that is in touch with reality.
Donna Carrillo Lopez
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