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Letters: Focus on fixing health care launch

The Internet health insurance exchange on Oct.

The Internet health insurance exchange on Oct. 21, 2013. Credit: Getty Images

Newsday has published a number of letters opposed to Obamacare. In response, readers have begun writing in to defend the reform. Here's a sample of their views.


In defense of President Barack Obama, I believe his apology for the problems of the Affordable Care Act website to be sincere ["Obamacare and presidential lies," Letters, Nov. 17].

His further attempt to resolve the problem of those whose policies did not qualify for the program showed his willingness to help people enter the program. He did this knowing the political hits he would take from those whose only goal is to oppose him.

Did our former president, George W. Bush, ever apologize for rushing us into an unjustified war in Iraq, or the financial disaster that began under his watch?

Thomas Fisher, North Merrick

Since the failures of the launch of Obamacare, all I hear is the bashing of President Barack Obama and the Democrats who supported him. Even without this law, we couldn't go back to the way insurance was obtained before. That way was also a complete failure!

It's time for both parties together to reform this policy for the American people and do what they were elected to do. About 46 million people didn't have insurance, and many who do couldn't pay increasingly high premiums.

Our economy can't survive if things remain as is.

Jim Maloney, Hauppauge

President Barack Obama has done something about health care, all without any help from the other side.

An estimated 40 million people may receive coverage, kids can stay on their parents' plans longer, and you can't be denied because of pre-existing conditions and more. Thousands die each year because they're not covered. As many as 16 million may lose the inferior coverage they had -- did they know this? -- because higher standards have been put in place.

Whether Obama knew people were going to lose poor coverage is not the point. Whether he apologized quickly enough or in depth enough isn't the point, either. This is a long overdue step forward, one Bill Clinton tried and failed to make, and one broached by Teddy Roosevelt a century ago.

Instead of magnifying fault, as if the circumstances surrounding this were ideal, how about the two sides coming together and fixing the thing?

Steve Silverman, Massapequa