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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

On May 16, Republicans in the House of Representatives came together, cast a vote, and tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, just as they’ve done nearly 40 times before. At what point does obstruction become treason?

The healthcare law was passed by Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s been the law of the land for more than three years. It’s not going anywhere. We know that, and so do the lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But instead of creating jobs and growing the economy, some of them want to make yet another gesture of protest — even if it’s meaningless.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean that 6.6 million young adults would lose the option of staying on their parent’s health insurance. It would mean that 34.1 million seniors would pay more for preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies, and 18 million middle-class families lose the opportunity to save money on their monthly premiums starting in 2014.

But this isn’t about numbers; this is about our families’s lives. And as usual the GOP couldn’t care less. Who would benefit from its repeal? The insurance companies that gave the GOP millions to fight its implementation. When asked for a reason as to why the GOP continues to vote on Obamacare John Boehner said, “We have over 70 new congressmen who haven’t had a chance to vote on it yet.”

Amazing. How about we also let them vote on all the other good votes they missed? Repealing Prohibition, declaring war on Japan or calling on America to put a man on the moon by the end of ... 43 years ago!

Robert La Rosa
Whitestone

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