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October 1, 2013

Letter: Let public vote on Obamacare

To the editor:

In listening to the nasty rhetoric regarding the Republican-dominated House putting a bill before the Senate that funds all of government except Obamacare, it really hit me what this extremely important vote by our elected officials comes down to. Does our government know what’s best for us or are we the people still the government?

This is a historic moment. Therefore, I challenge our two senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, to put forth the following idea: If the majority of Americans really want Obamacare, then delay the implementation until after the 2014 elections and put a national referendum question on every ballot and let “we the people” vote on it. Those in favor of this law say that the majority of Americans want Obamacare, so please, have the political and moral courage to actually represent us and let us decide.

Frankly, I’m tired of the Democrats’ default position of constantly demonizing everyone that disagrees with them. In many instances, the Republicans are no better. The Senate leadership has resorted to calling Ted Cruz inflammatory names, yet, if you listen to him closely enough, I believe you see a person that seeks to represent the will of the people of Texas and frankly, the country as a whole, not an anarchist or arsonist as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have labeled him.

Amid all the talk of a government shutdown and playing who could be at fault, I think we should all flood Ms. Warren’s and Mr. Markey’s phone lines with a simple request. Let us decide what’s best for us with respect to Obamacare or admit openly that you think you know what’s best for all of us.

What about logic? The premise of Obamacare is that some 30 million Americans do not have health insurance and this will fix that. Why then, is the Obama administration spending $780 million on a marketing campaign to get people to sign on? So, what does this mean? There is more to this agenda than the reason Obama and cronies claim is the central reason the law was enacted.

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