Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Gop Opposes a Health Care Plan That Works

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Gop Opposes a Health Care Plan That Works

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The Supreme Court will rule this summer on the case of King v. Burwell. The ruling could prohibit subsidies in states that opted not to set up their own health care exchanges. Perhaps as many as 6 million Americans now covered would not be financially able to afford the coverage they now have under the Affordable Care Act.

In a column that appeared in the Post-Gazette on March 3 ("A GOP Plan") three Republican senators oppose these subsidies. How would they make up the dollars lost if the subsidies are eliminated?

They say they have a plan to protect Americans who lose their coverage, but they don't come near to clearly explaining how they would come up with the needed dollars. They want to provide financial assistance to help Americans keep the coverage they picked for a transitional period, but would they be able to persuade the far right wing of their party to provide the dollars necessary?

The Republicans do not have a clearly stated health care plan. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives has voted 56 times to overturn the Affordable Care Act, a law that has extended health care coverage to 20 million more Americans and cut the percentage of uninsured people by almost 5 percent.

Since Obamacare has taken effect, costs have been increasing at their lowest rates in decades. The bottom line is that the Republicans do not have a complete and effective health care plan. They oppose the one that is working and propose no viable one of their own.

Stop playing politics with people's health and in many instances their lives.


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Israeli PM's warning

The reaction of some politicians and some talking heads/opinion writers to Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress is disturbing. The claims of etiquette and protocol breach are discussions of smoke. The real discussion should be on the fire about to blaze.

Israel's prime minister did nothing but compliment our president, our Congress and the American people. He warns us against a harmful action. His remarks on the behaviors of the current Iranian regime put into focus just who we are dealing with.

A bad deal that allows Iran to keep its centrifuges plus has a sunset expiration date will surely lead to conflict involving nuclear explosions. …

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