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Health care law already passed by Congress


I was looking at the objections of the Republicans for the original passage of the Affordable Care Act.

As is the case of all legislation proposed by one political party, the arguments have “documentation” of learned people who propose objections based upon their opinions. In fact, usually this is the case for most legislation. There is a difference of opinion when something new is proposed.

Are the Republicans setting a precedent for another Congress where control is split between parties? Is the action of the speaker and some of the members of House Republicans dangerous to the future process of getting bills made into law? Despite any assumption that this is not the case, it all depends upon whether at some point a Democratic House or Senate in our future will take up the same precedent.

It has occurred to me, and others in our city, that the Republicans are trying to block legislation already passed into law and not only agreed on by the vote of both chambers of Congress and the signature of the president but also by the voting of the people for representatives who have made this the law. Someone should remind both the speaker and the members of the Republican Party who have promoted the shutdown of government that the debate has already taken place and was passed by majority votes in both chambers of Congress instead of having the assumption that this is another ball game.

The process of legislation should not work on this basis. If it does, who will stop the continued replay of arguments despite votes of yea or nay? This is yet another reason for our representatives to be adults and act responsibly.

Doug Anderson


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