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rom: Robert Campbell
Received: Oct. 11
I just received a reply from our representative, Luke Messer. I wrote him about his support of closing the federal government so that changes would be made to the new health care law or would actually eliminate it. He said he wanted to “protect individuals from being forced into ObamaCare.”
Having taught U.S. government for 30 years, my reply was that a law that is voted on by the majority of representatives is not force. It is the only reasonable form of government. However, it is not reasonable or responsible for a minority to literally force a shutdown. “Force” is an appropriate word when a minority or a few individuals in our representative government make something happen.
Legislators should make decisions in the best interest of the majority of people with protecting minority and individual rights. One way to evaluate that is to determine what good things are happening when that occurs and what are also the negative factors. It is here where facts are needed and not propaganda or bias.
I do know a few good things from the new health care law. A boy who has brain cancer stays on his parents’ insurance to the age of 26, his insurance cannot be denied due to a pre-existing condition, and if he were to get well and on his own, he could buy health insurance in the marketplace.
There will also be some negative parts to this program. As it works out, those problems or negatives can be fixed, and that is where our elected representatives should go to work.
In contrast, I have not seen any positive outcomes from this needless shutdown of the federal government. If one does not like a particular program of the federal government, they need to make a rational case as to why it should be eliminated. Putting all the programs of the federal government on the chopping block is literally insane.
If you cannot get the votes for your political goals, then you need to go to work to convince the majority that what you offer is better than what exists. It is the Congress that has authorized the existing programs of the federal government and their costs. To not pay for them all is absolutely irresponsible.
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