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Oct. 14 Letters to the Editor

<b>GOP hypocrisy</b>

EDITOR: Charles Krauthammer and his political purist friends probably have medical coverage for themselves and families ("Place blame where it belongs: Democrats," Oct. 5). Not all people are so lucky.

President Barack Obama didn't invent the Affordable Care Act. Decades of prior research formulated it. The bill passed the Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. Is that not enough to satisfy Krauthammer and Republican Party ideologues?

The American people want health coverage. It's not perfect. It's not the single-payer system that Obama abandoned. At least it is a step to having full coverage for all people in America. It's called decency for the common good and taking care of the least advantaged, very much a Christian, family-values approach. Major industrial countries have universal health coverage. Why not the United States, the richest and most powerful country in the world?

We have been fed the lie that it's socialism. Interestingly, these same critics don't turn down Social Security, public schools, parks, police, fire and emergency services, Medicare or corporate subsidies and tax breaks. They love socialism when it works for them. Krauthammer and his purist friends are hypocrites. Their self-serving arguments don't stand up to scrutiny.

JOHN FLAHERTY

San Francisco

<b>Crisis in Washington</b>

EDITOR: Our president's quote: "I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution and believe that there is a basis for a resolution."

At last, Barack Hussein Obama and Congress will come to some agreement on Obamacare and the risk of shutting down the government. Oh, wait a minute, I made a small error. This is what he told Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, regarding Iran's nuclear program.


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