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Letters: Obama's unilateral changes

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Nov. 21, 2013) Credit: AP

Lane Filler's column about journalists ignoring the unilateral actions of the president in changing the provisions of Obamacare is most welcome ["U.S. president, or king of all media?" Opinion, Dec. 4].

We are taught in elementary school about the three equal branches of government. The president seems to have been absent on that day.

Unfortunately, it is not only journalists who have ignored his actions, but the whole Congress that remains united in not saying the emperor has no clothes.

The president has sworn to uphold the laws, including Obamacare. He should be reminded of that and see if Congress wants to give its imprimatur to the changes he thinks he can do by himself.

Michael Brozinsky, Central Islip

It is disheartening to hear the president vilified over the Affordable Care Act. Barak Obama was elected and re-elected president on a platform to make health insurance accessible, affordable and reliable for all Americans.

He did not advocate socialized medicine, a national health service or the liberal Democrats' plan for a single-payer system. Instead, his ACA proposal was based on Republican ideas and the Massachusetts health plan signed into law by then-Gov. Mitt Romney.

The Republicans, however, have taken every opportunity to criticize, belittle and complain about the president at a high pitch, while offering no solutions for the millions of uninsured or underinsured citizens. We are fortunate to have a president who cares for all the people.

Lillian Patton, Long Beach