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Suzy Shure: Fleitman won’t admit that Affordable Care Act is law

Maygan Rollins, 22, a field organizer with Enroll America, holds a clipboard with pamphlets while canvassing at a bus stop, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Miami. Enroll America is a private, non-profit organization running a grassroots campaign to encourage people to sign up for health care offered by the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Maygan Rollins, 22, a field organizer with Enroll America, holds a clipboard with pamphlets while canvassing at a bus stop, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Miami. Enroll America is a private, non-profit organization running a grassroots campaign to encourage people to sign up for health care offered by the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Purchase photo reprints »

To the editor:

In his Oct. 1 column, Jay Fleitman kept referring to the Affordable Care Act as a “bill.” Fleitman wrote, for example, “There is no reason why Republicans as the opposition party should ever accept the legitimacy of this bill or render it any respect.”

The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCares: I like the name in the plural, because President Obama does care.) is the law. It was passed by both Houses of Congress, the “bill” was signed into law by the president of the United States.

It was “tested” before the Supreme Court.

ObamaCares is the law.

The Affordable Care Act is the law. I can’t remember how many times members of the House for Representatives tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they failed.

Obamacares is the law.

Happy Oct. 1, 2013, the day Americans all have access to affordable health care.

Suzy Shure

Chesterfield

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Law does not = fair. Law does not = just. Politicians do not = intelligence.

"=" does not equal good English. Was that supposed to look cool, or something?

Obamacare may be "the law," but Obama himself is picking and choosing which parts of it to delay (like the employer mandate Obama delayed until 2015) and which parts to enact. Obama has delayed 17 parts of Obamacare. That is a violation of the law and our Constitution. Obama is acting like a dictator, deciding which laws he likes, ignoring the ones he doesn't, deciding what PARTS of laws he likes and what PARTS he doesn't. Obamacare is a train wreck that will lead to devastating damage to our nation's healthcare and our citizens bank accounts. If Obamacare is so wonderful, why are the people who passed it, and their politically connected friends, exempt from it?

I'm a bit late in replying, but want to set the record straight: Members of Congress are not "exempt" from it any more than any other American who has an employer based healthcare plan. The ACA is designed for those citizens who don't have health care and need an affordable plan. If any Congressional rep, senator or staff member wishes to take advantage of ACA, they are free to do so as is any other person. However, ACA is designed for the uncovered Americans as a safety net ( and to stop the Socialization of health care where we taxpayers now pay for the uncovered to get emergency room care), not for those who already have health insurance.

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