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David Arbeitman: Time for Fleitman to stop being sore loser

To the editor:

In Jay Fleitman’s column “Why Republicans hate Obamacare,” he uses perverse logic and often misrepresents the facts. Obama made several major concessions to Republicans when negotiating this bill, including dropping a “Medicare for all” provision (that actually would have been a government-run program) and having private health insurance companies provide the health insurance to 30 million uninsured Americans who could sign up through government-run exchanges.

Yet, in spite of these compromises, Obama was unable to garner any Republican support, because Republicans are loath to support anything the president is for. If Republicans sincerely believed that “eliminating penalties for pre-existing conditions, making insurance portable, and finding ways to extend affordable health care coverage” are, as Fleitman claims, important goals, then they should be supporting the Affordable Care Act rather than shutting down the government in a desperate and reckless bid to undo legislation that passed both houses of Congress and was found to be constitutional by the Supreme Court. Fleitman should also be reminded that Obama was handily re-elected, even though one of Romney’s main campaign promises was to repeal Obamacare. The voters of this country have spoken and its time for the Republican party — including Jay Fleitman — to accept reality rather than being sore losers.

David Arbeitman

Florence

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