Republicans blocking all things Obama

October 6, 2013 

I'm not in the medical field or the insurance business and I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know right now if the Affordable Healthcare Act offers more benefits than drawbacks. I don't know for sure which of the two opposing sides, Republicans or Democrats, is painting a more accurate picture of the new law.

But I do know that the United States, the richest country in the world, is 34th on at least one list of infant mortality rates (Cuba is 33rd and Singapore's rate is three times better), and I know that the citizens of many nations have a longer life expectancy, and that makes me wonder if it's because of their national health-care programs.

I also know that legislation of this size and complexity is never problem-free, especially at the beginning. I know that imperfect laws of the past were improved over time and validated by experience to be very valuable.

And we should all know by now that the GOP would shut down the country to defeat the Affordable Healthcare Act, and opposes everything else President Obama supports without offering meaningful programs of their own.

With that in mind, do we know if the Republicans' endless campaign against Obamacare is based on facts or on their hatred of the president? I know it's the latter.

I'm confident that the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Medicare and even Social Security, all programs of immense benefit to the country, could never have been enacted under Obama because of the vehement Republican opposition he faces at every turn.

But, those same do-nothing, obstructionist Republicans should likewise be confident that we'll remember their petty and spiteful policies when we're standing in the voting booth come November 2014.

Robert Kushner

Bradenton

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