Letter: President, Senate ignore the will of the people
Re “More like British Loyalists” (Monitor letter, Oct. 15):
Jonathan Cohen is correct in stating that the will of the people was made clear when they elected members of Congress in 2012. However, his conclusion that it was a mandate for the Affordable Care Act belies the truth.
Following the enactment of the law by the 111th Congress in March 2010 by means of the reconciliation process, not the normal congressional process, there have been two national election cycles. In the fall of 2010 citizens overwhelmingly voted their opposition to the law by electing House candidates who had run on an announced position against the law and the way in which it was enacted. Then again in 2012 the majority of citizens reaffirmed their opposition to the Affordable Care Act by voting to retain a House that contained members who ran in opposition to the law. The patriots have indeed spoken loud and clear, but it is the president and the Senate, not the House, that refuse to listen to the will of the people.