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posted Friday, October 4 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 40
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OBAMACARE: AN OPEN LETTER

Dear Sen. [Rand] Paul and Rep. [David] Reichert:

We have known for decades that the U.S. health care system leaves tens of millions of Americans uninsured. At the same time Canada and most if not all European countries have systems in place that provide care to all their citizens at half the cost of care in this country and with much better outcomes.

There have been times since World War II when the Republicans have had complete control of the government, such as under President Reagan and more recently President Bush. My question is, why didn't your party come up with solutions that would provide care to everyone and not bankrupt them or the country?

Even now your party does not have a plan which would ensure every American gets care that is affordable. It seems the only game your party is good at is starting unfunded wars, which the country ends up losing, leaving countries such as Iraq in worse shape than they were before we attacked them.

You express concern about the debt limit being raised, when your party is a little more guilty in regard to the huge debt the country has incurred due to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and tax breaks for the wealthy who could well afford to pay more taxes, since many of them have enough money to buy multimillion-dollar houses only to tear them down to build even more expensive houses. At the same time it is the least fortunate of Americans who have and continue to make sacrifices to fight wars and sustain military presence in over 144 countries and provide billions of dollars in aid to rich countries like Israel.

I have been waiting for answers for decades as to why America cares so little for its own disadvantaged citizens, and why it took so long for former slaves and Gays as well as other culture groups to be given full access to all America has to offer.

Looking forward to answers.

George Whitaker
Bellevue

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