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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Conservative origins</b>

EDITOR: In 1989, the staunchly conservative Heritage Foundation published "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans" by Stuart M. Butler. In 2006, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, hardly a liberal, signed into law legislation based on that model, which was dubbed "Romneycare." That highly successful program supplied the essential principles for what is now widely known as "Obamacare."

Those are the conservative origins referred to in E.J. Dionne Jr.'s column ("America's resurgent progressives," Thursday), which Bill Rohr so strongly decried and denied ("Dionne's spin," Letters, Saturday). As with so many other opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -#8212; its real name -#8212; Rohr needs to make sure he gets his facts straight before publicly expressing opinions that are factually inaccurate.

As for likening Obamacare to a doomed ship, only time will tell. But so far it's been highly successful in states including California in which governors and legislatures have fostered, rather than attempted to obstruct, its implementation.

Personally, I think it will prove highly successful and may well be the first step on the way to truly universal health care -#8212; Medicare for all -#8212; which is what we should have held out for in the first place.

JIM LOBDELL

Santa Rosa

<b>Chinese capitalism</b>

EDITOR: The letter in Friday's paper headlined "Chinese pollution" displayed a lack of understanding about how modern China operates, with the insinuation that liberals will be "shocked" to find out how much pollution China creates and that they would naturally defend the "communist economy . . . controlled by the state."

That thinking is about four decades too late. In fact, China currently practices what may be the purest form of unregulated capitalism, learned from the West, but without the environmental safeguards of an Environmental Protection Agency. Greed is universal, and in China's mad rush to capitalize its economy, it has shown very little interest in the welfare of the planet. All of us will suffer.


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