Bil­lion­aires at risk

Re “Repub­li­cans buy time for health­care bill in Se­nate,” June 28

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Now that Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell (R-Ky.) has put off a vote on his health­care bill un­til af­ter the July 4 re­cess, I sug­gest he take time off from dis­tribut­ing $200 bil­lion in bribes to re­cal­ci­trant sen­a­tors, made pos­si­ble by his bill’s deficit sav­ings, and find one bil­lion­aire who’s in such dire fi­nan­cial straits that only a tax cut that guts health­care for tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans will save him or her from poverty.

Find just one mem­ber of the 1% who will say that he or she de­serves a tax cut even though or­di­nary peo­ple will suf­fer or even die with­out the health in­sur­ance McCon­nell is de­ter­mined to deny them. Also try to find a re­spon­si­ble doc­tor or nurse with a sin­gle good word to say for his gut­ting of Amer­i­can health­care.

I’d bet McCon­nell couldn’t de­liver even if he was willing to try. Spencer Grant La­guna Niguel

McCon­nell hav­ing to stall to try to get votes for his health­care bill highlights the dys­func­tion of Congress.

We have Democrats, mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans and tea party con­ser­va­tives, and noth­ing can get done with­out woo­ing the sup­port of two of these three groups. That task is prov­ing to be im­pos­si­ble, so McCon­nell has ap­par­ently de­cided to try to buy some needed votes by us­ing the deficit sav­ings his bill would cre­ate, mostly from cuts to Med­i­caid.

What is par­tic­u­larly dis­tress­ing is that few Repub­li­cans seem even slightly con­cerned about the pro­jected 22 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who will lose their health in­sur­ance over the next 10 years un­der this bill, or the fact that the bud­get deficit will be re­duced even as the wealthy get lu­cra­tive tax cuts on the backs of the poor and mid­dle class. Alan Aba­jian

Alta Loma

We need to stop think­ing about win­ning and start think­ing about a so­lu­tion.

Let’s get 10 mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans and 10 mod­er­ate Democrats to­gether in a room and let them ham­mer out a health­care com­pro­mise. Bet­ter yet, have 10 Repub­li­cans gov­er­nors and 10 Demo­cratic gov­er­nors, who re­ally know what’s best for their con­stituents, work on health­care.

I am so sick of hear­ing from Repub­li­cans how Democrats refuse to par­tic­i­pate when the truth is they don’t in­vite Democrats to any­thing. I am sick of hear­ing from the Democrats that the most im­por­tant thing is to block ev­ery­thing the Repub­li­cans pro­pose, when there are a num­ber of mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans that they are prob­a­bly very close to in po­si­tion and pol­icy.

In­stead of try­ing to win, law­mak­ers should con­sider the peo­ple. Wendy Graf

Los An­ge­les

Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Im­ages

DEMO­CRATIC SEN­A­TORS hold pho­tos of Oba­macare ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Wash­ing­ton on Tues­day.

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