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Newsday letters to the editor Friday, April 7, 2017

An Obamacare protester at the Supreme Court in

An Obamacare protester at the Supreme Court in an undated photo. Credit: Getty Images

Fixing Obamacare is a better way to go

For us Democrats and liberals, the defeat of the effort to replace Obamacare was the first really good day since the November presidential election [“Trump retreats on health bill,” News, March 25].

Saving Obamacare was a big deal, and not just for each one of us and our medical benefits. Now all compassionate Americans won’t have to see and read about people suffering and dying without necessary treatment because of evil and draconian cuts.

In addition, we would have had to take care of relatives and close friends who might have been left without medical coverage if Trumpcare had been passed. Its defeat is a huge, glaring, neon sign of defeat for President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the whole GOP.

Michael J. Gorman, Whitestone


After spending less than a tenth of the time it took to finalize the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump put forth a replacement plan that would have put health insurance beyond the reach of 24 million Americans, while reducing billions in taxes for the richest among us. No wonder it garnered only 17 percent approval, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, and failed to reach the House floor for a vote.

And how did President Donald Trump respond? He reported that his plan is to let the program “implode” — while many Americans being served by the ACA voted for him because they needed and believed he would put forth the “most beautiful plan ever.”

Luckily, the Congressional Budget Office reports that the ACA is not going to implode. Its Medicare expansion is secure, and those with employer-based plans will continue to be protected by the ACA’s basic medical components.

Yes, it’s also true that the cost of premiums will continue to rise on the exchanges, and other insurance providers might decide to leave the program. It would be in the country’s best interest if Trump worked hard to correct the ACA’s problems.

Joe Cauchi, Garden City

Constructive steps to clean our waters

Newsday reported that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has a plan to replace aging cesspools with new septic systems [“New septic systems,” News, March 29]. These would sharply reduce nitrogen output and protect our area’s waters.

As the founder of the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group, which advocates for better treatment of this area, I’ve seen what is happening to our lakes and waterways. Bellone’s program is excellent, and every resident should seriously consider taking part. With the help of the grants and low-interest loans, we can do our part to help save our lakes, shellfish industry and marine life.

Our future looks bright again.

Evelyn Vollgraff, Holbrook

Why veterans deserve public’s gratitude

It was heartwarming to read the story of former U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matias Ferreira, who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan, but has become a Suffolk County police officer [“Amputee now officer,” News, March 24].

The men and women serving in the military put their lives in jeopardy every day so that we at home can enjoy the freedom we have. Our returning veterans deserve all the benefits we can give them.

John Vullo, Bohemia

Learning English is common sense

“Constitution silent on how we communicate,” a letter published on March 26, criticized the idea that immigrants have a duty to learn American culture and English.

The writer asked, “Where is that written in the Constitution?”

No such duty is stated in that noble document, but isn’t it reasonable to expect non-English-speaking people, especially those who plan to stay a long time, to learn the principal language?

That would help their assimilating with and understanding of others, which show respect. That is not in our Constitution, but it’s common sense.

Robert Wilson, West Islip