Republicans are performing their elected duties
The vast majority of the media are reporting the tussle over Obamacare and the associated government shutdown with a strong bias for the president. [“House Republicans start plotting ways to break gridlock,” page one, Oct. 10].
Republicans were completely shut out of negotiations when the Affordable Care Act was passed. The bill was passed without a single Republican vote, an act unusual in American history for such a monumental change to our economy and social services.
Since Republicans took control of the House, with a mandate to repeal Obamacare, they have made it very clear they are against this bill. Again, Obama and the Democrats ignored them. Now they’re holding up a funding bill as their last opportunity to change or repeal the bill, which is exactly what they were elected to do. And by the way, Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to 37 percent.
Somehow none of this has made it into the news or editorial pages of The Seattle Times. Were the news reported in an evenhanded fashion, the president and Senate Democrats would not be able to blithely ignore Republicans or the other 50 percent of the country they represent.
Mark Stratton, Bothell