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October 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Health care

America should focus on its own disadvantaged

Dear Sen. Paul and Rep. 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 which 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 Regan and
more recently President Bush. My question is: ”Why didn’t your party
come up with solutions which would provide care to every one 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 worst 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 dollars 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 a 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 disadvantage citizens.

Looking forward to answers.

George Whitaker, Bellevue

GOP to blame for health-law stagnancy

Your headline, [“Health law’s rollout to reignite battle,” News, Sept. 22] is grossly misleading and unfair. There’s nothing for the Democrats to compromise about, and no one to compromise with.

The Affordable Care Act is law, and it was reaffirmed by both the U.S. Supreme Court and by President Obama’s re-election. The Republicans, though, are against it, not because they’re afraid it will fail but because they’re afraid it will succeed, making Obama and the Democrats look good.

It’s more than unfortunate that the GOP is entrenched in its radical willingness to sacrifice the full faith and credit of the United States in order to achieve their goals.

Tim Walsh, Seattle

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