Your daily Letters to the Editor — Oct. 9, 2013
Note from Dan: These letters to the editor have run in the Roanoke Times in the past few days.
A congressional House minority composed of extreme right-wing, self-serving, gerrymandered Republicans has manipulated the closure of the U.S. government because it could not prevail in an electoral or responsible legislative process to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
This shutdown hinders our weak economic recovery and business confidence. It’s one pathetic demonstration of that unique “American exceptionalism” those same Republicans love to boast of and claim credit for.
I resent House Republicans saying that Americans “don’t want Obamacare.” Speak for yourselves, I say! Speak for yourselves, please. Speak for the tea partiers, if you must. You do not speak for me.
Many Americans have already benefitted from the Affordable Care Act; millions more of moderate or low income will be seeking additional benefits through the health insurance exchanges (no thanks to Gov. Bob McDonnell).
I say to Republicans: You have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind. You have courted a faction, which now won’t leave the House, that spurns compromise, ridicules dialogue and threatens to bring the country to a halt if it doesn’t get its way. Maybe only punishment at the ballot box will bring your party to its senses. Read more »