Letters to the Editor

October 7, 2013

Steve Bantly: Social Capitalism

Once again, ideology trumps reason in the Republican Party. Their refusal to offer a clean, continuing resolution for government funding to the Senate, instead including a provision to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act – unacceptable to Democrats and the president since it is now law – has resulted in a government shutdown. The whole country now has to be inconvenienced, because a group of politicians are practicing political extortion.

Obamacare is called “socialism” by these people, which some say will destroy this country; yet I don’t see how private health insurance companies competing for customers on public state exchanges can be called socialism. Isn’t that where the government controls health insurance, like Medicare and the VA system? The only thing the government requires is that health insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions, and the individual mandate, requiring people to obtain health insurance. Isn’t covering pre-existing conditions a good thing, and doesn’t responsibility for personal health care rest with the individual, the same as car or house insurance does, which is also required?

House Republicans remind me of children throwing a temper tantrum because they can’t have their way. There need to be more adults in the room.

STEVE BANTLY

Merced

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