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Letter: Congressmen stay in favor of Obamacare

I write to applaud Congressman Nolan and Senators Franken and Klobuchar for standing strong with President Obama against the House Republicans’ irresponsible attack on the Affordable Care Act.

Last March, when members of his caucus proposed linking the de-funding of the ACA to the fulfillment of budget obligations that Congress had enacted, GOP House Speaker John Boehner asked, “Do you want to risk the full faith and credit of the U.S. government over Obamacare?” (Mpls Star Tribune, Sept. 19, 2013). As he inferred then, such action is indefensible even if Obamacare were a mistake. Yet the case against that act reflects ideology at its most rigid. For a corrective see learn/DoctorsForAmerica_Busting_Top_10 _Health_Reform_Myths.pdf or ask the millions of Americans who have already gained access to insurance that means they are no longer one illness away from financial disaster.

Know that this assault is not about fiscal responsibility. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that repealing the ACA will actually cost the nation $109 billion over the 2013-22 period than following through on implementation would. (See tion/43471).

Please join me in endorsing the stance of our members of Congress.

Bert Ahern