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Passing Medicare Part D

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

While I disagree with much of Janice Wijnen’s Sept. 26 letter, “The Syria Shuffle,” I did like one idea in it. She told how Obama’s “MO” — modus operandi — got Obamacare passed by Congress. Folks, this may sound odd, but two rights can make a wrong. Janice, here is the GOP right.

Back in 2006, the House voted on Bush 43’s proposed “Doughnut hole” Medicare idea. The bill was voted on at 3 a.m.! The House speaker gave a 15-minute time limit to vote. The speaker was shocked when the bill was defeated. He made that famous 3 a.m. call to the president. Bush told him to extend the voting time until 7 a.m., so as to allow other GOP reps to vote.

The speaker told House security to lock the chamber doors so those present could not leave. By the time the extended time was over, sufficient GOP reps had arrived so the defeated bill was finally passed. Janice, this is how the GOP’s MO passed Bush 43’s doughnut law.

The moral of this story is “Two rights can make a wrong.”

Anthony G. Pilla
Forest Hills

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