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September 29, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

Tea can be hazardous to your health

To the editor:

On Nov. 4, 2008, the American public, by a wide margin, elected Barack Obama president (375-173 in electoral votes or, in ballots cast, 8.5 million more votes than John McCain).

The Democrats also had control of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

From Day 1, Obama made it known that his top priority was to improve the health care system in our country . Early in the president’s first term, he reached out to any and all who could and would be affected by this new law. Physicians, health care providers, insurance companies, citizen groups, unions, independent business owners, manufacturers, almost any type of organization that would be affected, were there and represented.

After all was said and done, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , also known as Obamacare, was cobbled together and began the long and tedious journey through both houses of Congress.

On March 23, 2010, the battle was over, and the bill was signed into law.

Six months later on Sept. 23, 2010, phase one began implementation with a family-friendly adjustment that allowed parents to keep dependent children on their policies until age 26. People with pre-existing medical conditions could not be excluded, and the amount of the premiums were to be recalculated so the lion’s share would be applied to actual health care .

On June 6, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled after many challenges that Obamacare was in fact legal and passed constitutional muster. On Nov. 6, 2012, the country spoke out once again and President Obama was re-elected by a sizeable margin.

One would think that the health care doubters might realize that the voters had settled this issue once and for all. The tea party faction wants to repeal the signed and sealed law or else shut down the entire government and go home.

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