The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 15, 2013

Countries are not governed by desperate tatics

By what convoluted logic does Mr. Ely justify his attack on Jack Miller's letter addressing the recent government shutdown? His conclusion that President Obama, not Congress, caused the shutdown dismisses too many facts.

House Republican Congressperson Michele Bachmann was all too happy to claim credit: The shutdown "is exactly what (House Republicans) wanted" and "This is the happiest I've seen members in a long time." Republican Senator Ted Cruz is traveling the country claiming credit for the shutdown to the raucous cheers of his tea party supporters.

The flippant statement, "Many laws are passed and not funded, therefore not implemented," gives the impression that Congress is sitting down there wasting its time passing myriad laws and then ignoring them. This is simply not true. Mr. Ely could have bolstered his case had he defined what he means by "many" and cited a few recent examples.

Another issue which Mr. Ely ignores is that many parts of the ACA have already been implemented. Lifting of lifetime caps, coverage of children to the age of self-sufficiency, prohibiting rescissions if a client gets seriously ill and adding preventive health measures add cost to policies and depend on the implementation of the entire law to mitigate costs.

Implementation of the entire law is what the Congressional Budget Office (not the president) used to project that the ACA would eventually reduce health care costs as well as reduce the federal deficit.

The Affordable Care Act is a law passed by both houses of the legislative branch, signed by the chief executive and affirmed by the supreme body in the judicial branch, just as the Constitution dictates. It's true, this republican-devised plan is not the best we could have done, but the ACA will prosper or perish on its merits; the law is not to be undemocratically undone by one-half of one branch of our democratic, constitutional government. Countries are not governed by the desperate antics of a bunch of soreheads who can't accept that they lost an election.

James Swartz, Lewisburg

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