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October 2, 2013

Letter: Obamacare already has passed muster

To the editor:

Neil Westerman’s recent letter to the editor, (“Let public vote on Obamacare”), is an example of the sort of magical thinking that has become sadly prevalent in the once Grand Old Party. In Mr. Westerman’s world, the result of any policy or political disagreement is necessarily invalid unless it is settled in a manner that Mr. Westerman and those of his ilk find to their liking. They don’t like Obamacare, so the geniuses in the GOP-controlled House vote against it every week or so. The last time that I looked, sometime in August, the House had voted to defund Obamacare on some 40 occasions.

This is a collection of some very stupid people. Mind you, what is now Obamacare was first dreamed up by Republicans working for the Heritage Foundation and implemented in the commonwealth by Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, the loser of the 2012 presidential election.

“Loser” is the operative word here. That which we now call Obamacare was passed by the Congress of the United States. That which we now call Obamacare was signed into law by the president of the United States. That which we now call Obamacare was essentially OK’d as passing constitutional muster by the Supreme Court in June 2012. That which we now call Obamacare was one of the central issues of the 2012 election in which Mr. Obama trounced the aforesaid Mr. Romney.

How many more trips to the same empty well does Mr. Westerman propose that we make? “We the people” have had many opportunities to strangle this illegitimate child in its cradle and have failed every time. Could it be that “we the people” are not the same people that Mr. Westerman imagines them to be? Could it be that “we the people” are smarter than the average tea party aficionado?

Tom Chapman

Haverhill

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