Email letters, October 1, 2013

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As is frequently heard through the din of the on-going debate over the efficacy of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), opponents are entitled to their opinion – but not to their own set of objective facts.  This caveat clearly applies to the Hammett’s on-line letter:  “Dems must take ownership of government shutdown”.

Contrary to their assertion, the most recent polling “of the American people” does not “clearly show that most Americans do not want Obamacare”.  Quite the opposite is true.

First, previous polling has been distorted by the massive misinformation campaign waged against “ObamaCare” by its virulent right-wing opponents – as confirmed by the fact that the ACA polls 8-10 percentage points better than “ObamaCare” (the same thing).

Second, while some polls showed a plurality of respondents opposing ObamaCare, that aggregate result ignored the fact that 7%-11% “oppose” the ACA because it does not go far enough to improve our health care system.  As a result, only a minority opposed it because it was “too liberal”, etc.  That factor flips the results from 43%/50% opposed to ObamaCare (versus 39%/38% supporting it) to 46% - 36% and 49% - 39% favoring it.

Third, 56%—a clear majority—of those most-recently polled now favor retention and improvement of the ACA (CBS News, New York Times) versus repealing it, and also oppose de-funding it (Kaiser Family Foundation).  Moreover, 72% oppose shutting down the government over “ObamaCare”. 

Meanwhile, as this morning’s Sentinel headline (“Health insurance markets open to surge of new customers”) impliedly confirms, millions of Americans are “voting with their mouses” (and overloading websites) to learn more about their newly acquired benefit.

Right-wing bubble-heads remain free to believe that Repugnicans acted “reasonably” and “should not accept any blame for the government shutdown”.  However, most Americans know that such incredible denials are not “acceptable”.

Please tell me where in the Constitution of the United States of America it says that government has the right to tell me how I MUST spend my hard earned income?

Even when income tax started, it was never fully ratified by a 2/3 majority of congress, but they enacted it anyway. Our government does unconstitutional things all the time. Obamacare is no different.

Mr. Miskel: How is the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional? The Supreme Court disagrees with your assertion.

Mr. Hunke

Sometimes the Supreme Court can be just as misguided and wrong as Congress.

Appointees to the Supreme Court are picked by politicians who have been “groomed” towards a political ideal. Liberals appoint liberal minded judges, conservatives do the same. It’s just the luck of the draw as to whom is in power at the time of a SCOTUS vacancy opening. It’s all political.

Just because it’s the Supreme Court, there’s no guarantee they will do the RIGHT thing. Their collective mindset can still be wrong.


This is no guarantee that th

Mr. Miskel, What are your credentials regarding constitutional law that makes your opinion “correct” or “right” and the judges’ opinions wrong?

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