I take issue with Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), who said President’s Donald Trump’s speech to Congress lacked substance [“Long Island’s congressional delegation reacts,” News, March 1.

In outlining the plan for replacing Obamacare, the president listed substantial criteria: ensuring that Americans with pre-existing conditions “have access to coverage”; providing a stable transition” for people enrolled in health care exchanges; helping Americans purchase coverage, through tax credits and expanded health savings accounts, through plans they want, not “forced on them by the government”; giving states “the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out”; implementing “legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up” insurance prices; working to immediately bring down “the artificially high price of drugs”; letting Americans buy insurance across state lines to create competition to “bring costs way down and provide far better care.”

For those of us saddled with the Obamacare burden, Trump’s words were welcome news.

David Sellar, Northport

 

President Donald Trump admitted that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is more complicated than he knew [“Health care ‘complicated,’ ” News, Feb. 28].

If he knew the history of efforts to provide universal health care for all Americans, he would understand that as far back as President Theodore Roosevelt, more than 100 years ago, Republicans and Democrats have failed to achieve this goal.

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Repealing and replacing Obamacare on Day One became Trump’s sound bite during the campaign. President Barack Obama admitted that there were warts in the program that had to be addressed. Whatever parts of the Affordable Care Act the Republicans replace, we can thank Obama for finally achieving this elusive goal!

Tom Gilroy, Melville

 

I have very good health care coverage thanks to a wonderful career in education (from which I’m retired) and the Medicare system.

At the Conservative Political Action Committee event in Maryland, when President Donald Trump spoke of the people trying to educate themselves on what is happening and trying to have their concerns and voices heard, he referred to us as “the side that lost.” That description has hung in my mind like a bad dream.

Trump is a businessman, and he views the world in terms of winners and losers. That’s not a national leader. What happened to the idea of a president of all Americans? He and his team seem to be trying to ram something really awful down our throats, like some really bad medicine. We must be more aware, more willing to speak up for ourselves and push our representatives in this democracy to do their jobs on behalf of all constituents.

I don’t need the Affordable Care Act for myself. I need it for friends, former students and neighbors, some of whom do not have any health care.

Laura L. Lustbader, Huntington Station