Editor: Mr. Ihara (Letters, May 25) admits to being surprised by the “venomous responses” to his letter on the passage of the Republican health care bill. The reason he is surprised is the reason we are in health care mess we have now—liberals’ complete detachment from reality on this particular topic.
Mr. Ihara asserts that I am arguing facts not in evidence. This is untrue. By condemning the House Republicans on their vote to begin demolishing the ACA, Mr. Ihara is heartily endorsing the ACA itself. This point is embellished by his criticism of me for not even trying, “to defend the deplorable provisions and consequences of the House bill!” There is nothing to defend, and if Mr. Ihara had any sense of true public opinion on the matter, he would agree with me that the Republicans are only doing what the voters asked of them—get rid of this abominable ACA once and for all. He references the “high level of public support for the ACA (55 percent).” Among the millions of households who are fed up with having their checking, savings and retirement accounts steadily drained by the disastrous consequences of the ACA every month, there is zero support. There is no “high level of public support,” and that figure comes from the same pollsters who insisted Clinton was leading Trump by a wide margin, right up to the night of November’s election. Liberal news, liberal polls, liberal lies. Only fools believe them.
He goes on to say that my anger over the astronomical increases in health insurance premiums and deductibles is misplaced. It is not. If there had been no Democrat meddling in the health insurance business, my $135 premiums of 2013 would not be $589 now. He is unfamiliar with the principles of cause and effect. I never suggested, nor did I ever have any expectation, that the ACA would set premium rates. He wants to blame the insurance companies, yet the insurance companies are bailing out of markets left and right because of unsustainable losses. I’d like to hear Mr. Ihara’s take on that.
In my previous letter, I cited Obama’s infamous quote from June, 2009, assuring Americans that they would be able to keep their plans, doctors, and enjoy lower health care costs. Three big fat liberal lies (treacherous and deceitful), yet Mr. Ihara glides right past those lies as he races on the biggest lie of them all. For the benefit of the readers, Mr. Ihara needs to reconcile these “misalignments.”
“As a member of the leadership staff in the U.S. Senate for a number of years…,” he surely attended many high level meetings characterized by low level thinking. It is too bad he has fallen completely out of touch with public sentiment.
M.B. Cranshaw, Aldie