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Letter: What has happened to our government?

What has happened to our government?

I find myself in a quandary. Everywhere I turn I find cogent arguments against the health care bill (Trumpcare) now before the U.S. Senate: millions losing coverage, the poor and elderly fiscally punished with the wealthy advantaged; increasing premiums; loss of drug coverage; a dodge around the pre-existing conditions covered by Obamacare; and on and on.

But I hear only stunning silence from committed Republicans about what this bill offers. Nothing is said about improvements offered by Trumpcare; just get rid of Obamacare.

Despite this virtually complete absence of supportive evidence, we witness almost exactly half of our senators committed to the bill.

For over 10 years we witnessed Republican legislators voting over and over to repeal Obamacare while at the same time allowing no changes in the original bill that would address its problems. Now we witness over 40 senators making a decision about Trumpcare with apparently no concern at all about its features.

What has happened to our government? I understood from my school civics classes that our legislators based their votes on their analysis of the quality of the proposals. Clearly that is no longer true. Today the only rule seems to be: destroy the other political party. Even if that means punishing millions of your constituents in the process.

Frank Gage


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