Heath­care in­deed a must

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “GOP faces facts: Amer­i­cans want health­care safety net,” July 29

The ar­ti­cle re­ports that 70% to 80% of peo­ple like the pro­vi­sions of the Af­ford­able Care Act. Yet ap­par­ently many of those same peo­ple wanted to get rid of Oba­macare be­cause they elected Re­pub­li­cans who pledged to do just that.

I’m guess­ing that those are the same peo­ple who wanted the gov­ern­ment to keep its hands off Medi­care.

A dan­ger­ously high per­cent­age of vot­ers are dan­ger­ously un­in­formed.

Zena Thorpe


Here is what real health in­sur­ance re­form looks like: Health sav­ings ac­counts. Tax de­ductible health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums. The abil­ity to pur­chase health in­sur­ance across state lines. Mean­ing­ful tort re­form.

Now, here is the re­al­ity of the “Af­ford­able” Care Act: Higher taxes. Re­dis­tri­bu­tion of wealth. Larger gov­ern­ment. More reg­u­la­tions. Com­pul­sory par­tic­i­pa­tion. Higher costs and pre­mi­ums. Adding mil­lions of able-bod­ied work­ing-age adults to Med­i­caid. Fewer choices.

No won­der the Democrats love it so much.

Ge­of­frey Church

Los An­ge­les

Let’s not for­get the real pur­pose be­hind the at­tempted Oba­macare re­peal. The Re­pub­li­cans wanted to short mil­lions of peo­ple on health­care, and then project huge sav­ings that would jus­tify the tax cuts on their agenda.

Now, with that pro­posal down the tubes, what on earth are the Re­pub­li­cans go­ing to do?

Maybe we should just have ev­ery­body earn­ing less than $40,000 send $100 to ev­ery­body earn­ing over $250,000 — and call it a day.

Ken Hense

El Se­gundo

Note to Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Tom Price: En­force that law.

Now that re­peal and re­place is dead, ev­ery­one should beat on Sec­re­tary Price to en­force the law. The Re­pub­li­cans like to chant “What part of il­le­gal don’t you un­der­stand” on im­mi­gra­tion is­sues.

But not obey­ing the ACA is ap­par­ently OK?

Don­ald S. Bur­nett


Noam Levey’s anal­y­sis is in­for­ma­tive and well­writ­ten.

But how, as its head­line trum­pets, does the de­fec­tion of three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors in­di­cate that the “GOP” is fac­ing the “facts” that Levey spells out?

Robert Brag­o­nier

Re­dondo Beach

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