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Letters: Acrimony over Affordable Care Act

A demonstrator who opposes health care reform holds

A demonstrator who opposes health care reform holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photo Credit: AP, 2012

Amid the rhetoric and untruths, one thing is inescapable: Because Democrats in Congress wouldn't shut down a congressionally approved health care law, Republicans in the House of Representatives shut down the government ["They talk, but no deal," News, Oct. 3]. No voter of any party should forget this.

Robin H. Amper, Ridge
 

As a registered Republican, I have lost all respect and confidence in Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) after he called Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) "a fraud." Cruz has the courage to stand for what he believes is right and what he promised he would do if elected.

Cruz kept his promise to his constituents.

David Duchatellier, Elmont
 

If the Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act so much, they're free to try to win an election and repeal it legitimately. That's how it's supposed to work, remember?

As pundit Andrew Sullivan wrote, the sort of political blackmail they're trying is a declaration of total war on our system of government.

Wayne Karol, Levittown
 

Listening to the Republican demands to delay or repeal the Affordable Care Act, I have to ask, what don't they understand?

The law was passed in the House and the Senate, signed by the president and declared constitutional by the Supreme Court. After that legal challenge failed, an election was held, and the candidate who ran on keeping the law won the election.

House Republicans have tried to repeal it more than 40 times. Now they are holding our economy hostage. They say the American people want this. I don't think the people want their 401(k) plans to drop once again. Nor do they want to stall our economy and the world's economy.

If the Affordable Care Act is not to the satisfaction of all, that should be addressed through amendments to make it better, not through hissy fits.

Joan Fanelli, Hauppauge
 

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