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September 29, 2013 at 7:56 AM

The fight over Obamacare continues

What is the alternative?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, emerges from the Senate Chamber after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare," at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 25, 2013. Cruz and other conservative Republicans are trying to delay a must-pass spending bill. [AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite]

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, emerges from the Senate Chamber after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 25, 2013. Cruz and other conservative Republicans are trying to delay a must-pass spending bill. [AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite]

For those who believe that defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) justifies the shutdown of the federal government and/or America’s default on its financial obligations by not raising the debt ceiling, please do one thing. [“Obamacare foe presses fight,” News, Sept. 25.]

Explain to the rest of us, who believe Obamacare is needed health-care reform, what health-care reform you would propose in its place. In the clamor about the adoption of a new fiscal year’s budget, raising the debt ceiling and defunding Obamacare, I’ve yet to hear what those who oppose Obamacare would replace it with.

Now, if you respond that health-care reform is unneeded in our country, then I would ask you, how do you compare America’s decline in the performance rankings with other developed countries in major health and health-care indicators?

America spends more per capita on the health-care industry than any other developed country, yet our outcomes are second tier. Why is that?

Finally, once you’ve answered these questions, why is the U.S. “defense” industry, and budget line, so sacrosanct in these budget discussions, when the U.S. spends nearly as much as the next 15 countries combined?

Robert Rench, Seattle

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