To the Editor:
Of the many letters to the editor I have disagreed with, I never felt the need to respond until I read the letter from Jack Reich regarding what he called "Theft Care."
First, Mr. Reich conflates health insurance with health care. After the Affordable Care Act became law, health insurance premiums became much more expensive than they were prior to the passage of the bill, and deductibles became so high that many who had insurance could not afford to use it.
Many middle-class people pay more for their health insurance than they do their mortgage.
Because the ACA determines the minimum coverage each policy must offer, costs are inflated for everyone. Under the ACA, individuals no longer have the option to buy the type of coverage that they need.
Second, Reich claims that hundreds of thousands of Americans will die after being thrown off insured rolls. However, under the Republican-sponsored health care act, many will choose not to buy insurance when it is not mandated, and in a free society, that should be everyone's choice.
Those who do buy insurance will have greater choice in coverage.
Third, Reich charges that Republicans want to repeal and replace the ACA to give the wealthy a "yuge" tax cut; however, it would be political suicide for either party to purposely kill a broad swath of the electorate so as to give deep tax cuts to a small group of voters.
President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, recognized that tax cuts stimulate the economy and cut taxes. Tax cuts are more likely to create employment, and the more working people, the more taxpayers to share the tax burden fairly.
Reich launches into a tirade on not only Republican lawmakers, but also those Americans who vote for them. He writes, "Shame on you all," and suggests that we vote Republican out of habit. As a second generation Polish/Irish person born to blue-collar parents, I was indoctrinated to vote for Democrats, the party of the little guy.
The juxtaposition of the Carter and the Reagan administrations convinced me that Republicans were closer to my values and my financial well-being.
Reich's letter is a hysterical diatribe long on invective and short on reason. This hysteria pervasive among the left is perpetuated by the progressives in power. It allows them to control the electorate and, therefore, their votes.
Susan Smith Lindell