Re: Columnist Caiden Cowger on ACA


In response to the column by Caiden Cowger about Senator Joe Manchin, I’d like to give another perspective on Sen. Manchin’s performance on several issues.
It may be that Mr. Cowger didn’t see the commercials from Mr. Manchin that I saw. One that I saw repeatedly was the one in which Mr. Manchin, holding a rifle, explained that he was a member of the National Rifle Association and defended the right to bear arms, but he thought that reasonable regulations to protect the public were necessary.
He may have been one of the Democrats who supported reasonable regulations, such as registry of buyers at gun shows and in many places guns were sold. As I remember, a number of Democrats took the same stand. Stating that he was a member of the NRA may have gained him some votes or lost him some, but I thought it was brave and honest of him to announce his stand.
Saying that a politician “promised” overlooks the inability of any to “promise” as the final decision is not up to a single politician. Congress would have to write a change in the law, and the majority of Congress and Senate members would have to vote to decide the issue. I fear that we use the word “promised” inaccurately. A politician can state how he or she stands on an issue, but does not have the power to “promise.”
As to cutting spending, again the Senator would have only his own vote to cut spending, and Congress recently passed the Tax Reform initiative, which will increase, not cut, spending. It will also greatly increase our national debt to countries from whom we borrow the money we need to implement the tax reform measure.
Members of the Congress in both parties fear such a huge increase of our national debt will leave a terrible burden on our children and grandchildren, while benefitting corporations and the rich, mostly.
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act kept telling the American people that so-called Obamacare was terrible and should be ended. Some people accepted that version and began to repeat that it needed to be changed. However, when the same people realized that ending the ACA would cause them to lose their medical insurance, they panicked and wanted, although somewhat belatedly, not to cancel the program.
Actually, during that time, millions of people applied for Obamacare, boosting the numbers of clients for the ACA. The Republican majority in Congress could not get rid of ACA, and finally decided to do what they should have done at first, and that is change the parts they did not favor, but not throw millions out of medical care.
I realize that every American citizen has a right to his or her own opinion on political issues, but with so much inaccurate, fake news being circulated, it’s good to check reliable sources for accuracy.

Helen Jones,

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