To the editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Eagle-Tribune for allowing us ordinary citizens a forum to voice our opinions, and hopefully “respectfully” disagree. I just read Tom Chapman’s (“Obamacare has already passed muster”) letter in direct response to my letter (“Let the public vote on Obamacare”) and find myself compelled to respond.
Mr. Chapman, thank you. You make so many points for me that have appeared in all of my recent letters. First and foremost, the need to try and fit me in some tidy, neat box in the same way, seemingly, the mainstream media would with “those of my ilk” and “tea party aficionado”, not to mention “collection of some very stupid people” and “loser.”
The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, was narrowly and barely passed on a straight party-line vote in the House and if that vote were taken today would not pass. In the past, laws of this magnitude, like Social Security, were passed overwhelmingly by both parties of the House and Senate. The Supreme Court ruling is dubious as they blurred their role as the branch of government that only is supposed to interpret and enforce laws. They knew they could not rule in favor of forcing citizens to purchase a product or service against their will, so, they changed the language (something that should never happen) so it would conveniently fit into the tax code, that is, this is a tax putting it under the purview of the IRS, God help us!
This is my point in case you missed it: I find our government mandating what’s good for us in the name of something, like affordable health care for all, saving the planet, and public safety. People of my ilk sir, frankly, find this trend leading this great country toward a European-style social welfare state. My “ilk” by the way is I work a full-time job, run a home business, am a single parent of two college-age daughters and am a Vietnam vet.