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Letter to the Editor: Replying to Jean Evans

To the Editor:

Rep. Jean Evans states in her Oct. 17 letter that “in true form, those on the left are taking this opportunity to place blame on Republicans” for the “failure” of the Affordable Care Act [ACA]. What she doesn’t state is that, in fact, Republicans are to blame for the “failure” of the ACA.

Thom Hartman from the Independent Media Institute and salon.com wrote on March 22, 2017:

“Marco Rubio and a number of Republicans succeeded in gutting the risk corridors. The result was that, just in 2015, risk corridor payments to insurance companies that were supposed to total around $2.9 billion were only reimbursed, according to Rubio himself, to the tune of $400 million.  

“So insurance companies did the only things they could.  In [mostly red] states with low incomes and thus poorer health, they simply pulled out of the marketplace altogether.  In other states, they jacked up their prices.”

Quoting Michael D. Tanner in National Review on July 31, 2013:

“The CR to keep the government funded after Sept. 30 may be the last chance to stop Obamacare.

“Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Tom Price are expected to introduce an amendment that would prohibit the use of any funds authorized by the CR ‘to carry out any provision of the ACA.’  In addition, a dozen Republican senators have signed a letter pledging not to vote for any CR that includes funding for Obamacare.”

“Those on the left” are justified in placing the “blame” for the status of the ACA on Republicans.  Recent history shows that.

I agree with Rep. Evans that we need a better healthcare system, but she doesn’t say anything about what that might be. But, rather than sabotage the ACA, Republicans ought to work with Democrats, and figure out ways to fix it.

Terry Altepeter

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