Man­date de­lay is only fair op­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JOSEPH MER­RITT Sil­ver Spring

The roll­out of health­care.gov has been a com­plete dis­as­ter (“Em­bar­rass­ing Obama,” Com­ment & Anal­y­sis, Oct. 11). Sto­ries of the site malfunctioning are be­ing re­ported ev­ery­where. Reg­u­lar Amer­i­cans are hav­ing ex­treme dif­fi­culty sign­ing up. Even lib­er­als such as Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Vir­ginia Demo­crat, and TV en­ter­tainer Jon Stewart think a de­lay of the in­di­vid­ual man­date would be a good idea.

The rad­i­cal left wing of the Demo­cratic Party has forced through leg­is­la­tion that was in­com­plete and flawed. This was the first time in mod­ern his­tory that a so­cial pro­gram of this mag­ni­tude was passed with­out even a sin­gle vote from the op­po­si­tion. This flawed pro­gram will only lead to in­creased costs for health care. Th­ese costs will be borne by our chil­dren.

Even Congress ex­empted it­self from Oba­macare. Pres­i­dent Obama de­layed the man­date for big busi­ness; why shouldn’t the man­date be de­layed for all of the Amer­i­can peo­ple? De­lay­ing the in­di­vid­ual man­date is the only fair op­tion. It’s a pol­icy both lib­er­als and con­ser­va­tives should sup­port. How­ever, the rad­i­cal left wing doesn’t care about fair­ness. They have held the party hostage over ide­ol­ogy.

It is time to tell them: No more. The Amer­i­can peo­ple want the free­dom to choose, not the tyranny of the left-wing rad­i­cals. Congress can stop this train wreck be­fore it is too late.

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