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Newsday letters to the editor for Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

The healthcare.gov website home page.

The healthcare.gov website home page. Photo Credit: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Lack of support for ACA is upsetting

I am outraged that the Trump administration is so blatantly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. The administration is playing with people’s lives by trying to discourage as many people as possible from signing up.

Periodically taking down the healthcare.gov website to perform maintenance during the enrollment period and cutting funds for outreach are a disgrace! The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. It’s the duty of the government and its agencies to follow the law. To do otherwise is a dereliction of duty, and I believe they should be investigated and prosecuted for their actions, which most likely will cause harm to citizens.

Some, due to the actions of President Donald Trump and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, might be unable to enroll in the Affordable Care Act in a timely fashion and could lose coverage. Congress and the Justice Department should do everything in their power to rectify this situation immediately.

Katherine Lopez, Massapequa

What did President Donald Trump and some Republicans promise us during the presidential campaign? That they would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with better and lower-cost health care, wouldn’t touch Medicaid, and would protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Instead, they attempted to pass a health care bill that would have removed millions of Americans from coverage, gutted Medicaid and weakened coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Trump has demonstrated that he is unconcerned about lower- and middle-class Americans with these horrid health care bills. He now wants us to believe that his tax package is mainly for the benefit of the middle class, not for his wealthy family and friends.

He and many Republicans have no moral compass or shame. It’s party first, before the welfare of the people.

Richard T. DeVito, Long Beach

Futuristic inventions take time

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s futuristic proposal for intercity rocket travel reminded me of the 1960s, when ballistic missiles were coming on the scene [“Elon Musk’s travel plan,” Business, Sept. 30].

I recall a reporter asking one of the engineers whether he thought that there would come a time when mail would be delivered to cities by missile. The engineer was temporarily discouraged, and I’ll never forget his response. The way the missile program was going, he said, we might have to deliver missiles by mail!

Chuck Darling, South Setauket

Assisted suicide isn’t the way to go

Anne Michaud’s column “Aid-in-dying advocates look to 2018” [Opinion, Sept. 28] was disturbing. Always choose life. Never give in. Life is a gift in which we work out our purpose for living. Philosophers since ancient Greece have struggled with the meaning of life. When we end it by our own hand, we magnify confusion and despair.

Just visit any Shriners Hospital, where children with no limbs or with other huge disabilities shine and thrive, living with hope. If Michaud spoke to those children about ending one’s life on purpose, I imagine they would be shocked and disappointed.

If they can be brave about what they were handed, why shouldn’t adults in their final days be brave about the journeys of their lives? There is always hope, and though we might not know where they are coming from, love, success and healing are always in the offing.

Catherine Finelli, Bellmore

Don’t spoil sports with politics

I want NFL players to know that I believe they have every right to protest, and I am trying to understand such a protest [“The American flag, the anthem and protests by athletes,” Letters, Oct. 1]. But I have the right to not watch their games, or buy their jerseys and ridiculously expensive tickets.

I watch football to get away from the stress of politics, not to see it acted out in the public sports arena. I can’t digest my hot dogs or popcorn because of this politicking during the national anthem.

If you want to get out the word about your distaste for how the United States has gone wrong, by all means do what I do: Write a letter.

Donald Lee Warner, Islip