Regarding "Congress at its worst" [Editorial, Sept. 20], President Barack Obama committed to reduce family premiums by $2,500 annually by signing the Affordable Care Act. Instead, the average employer-provided family health insurance premiums have climbed $2,976 since 2009, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
How can the federal government begin to responsibly address our out-of-control $16.7-trillion national debt? Can Newsday justify how the government can engage in meaningful budget deliberations if one of the largest drivers of our deficit, the Affordable Care Act, is not on the table? The Affordable Care Act is so unaffordable that the AFL-CIO, which originally supported the legislation, sought a waiver from Obamacare due to the legislation's prohibitive costs.
"Lunatics"? While it is true that Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted 41 times to repeal parts of Obamacare, does Newsday realize that 20 percent of those bills that made it to Obama's desk received his signature? The president has signed House bills to stop a costly Obamacare reporting rule, terminate its long-term care insurance program and repeal the "free choice voucher" program. Obama also signed bills from the House that slashed funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, a public health slush fund, and other Obamacare programs. There is also strong bipartisan support to terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board and eliminate the medical device tax. This is the Congress at its best.
Michael P. Mulhall, Rockville Centre