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Letter: O’Brien’s argument is incomprehensible

It is incomprehensible for the former speaker of the New Hampshire House, Bill O’Brien, to compare our new health care law with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Such a comparison is sick on so many levels.

A law that was used to enforce the brutal enslavement of human beings is in absolutely no way similar to a law intended to expand access to health insurance and health care. The Affordable Care Act is indeed expanding the ranks of the insured, thus allowing millions of people access to the health care they need. Further, the ACA stops insurance companies from kicking people off their insurance when they get sick and forces these same companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The ACA allows people younger than 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance, expands community health centers and requires insurance companies (and our government’s Medicare program) to offer free preventive care like annual physicals, mammograms, and colonoscopies.

This new health-care law actually increases people’s freedom, because it increases people’s access to the affordable health care that they need. If O’Brien thinks the ACA is like the Fugitive Slave Act, he must think Medicare is like the Nazi Holocaust. That would be the logical extension of his argument. Then again, logic has nothing to do with O’Brien’s positions on the important issues of the day.



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