Letter: Some questions for the GOP
In his letter “Obamacare questions” Monitor, Jan. 7), Jim Mayotte posed 14 questions to Democratic members of Congress. I have only three questions for Mayotte and Republicans, but first some facts.
President Harry Truman first proposed universal health care 65 years ago, which Republicans killed. Republicans fought against Medicare, the most popular program government has created. They fought against Medicaid and killed President Bill Clinton’s health care proposal in the 1990s. Now they are fighting Obamacare, even though it is based upon a plan developed by conservative Republican think tanks. During all this time they have never once put forth any realistic health care alternatives, preferring to just say “no” to everything.
My questions are as follows:
Why are Republicans willing to spend trillions of dollars to supposedly protect Americans from death by foreign armies but say we can’t afford to prevent deaths caused by the ravages of disease?
How many hundreds of thousands of Americans have died in the past 65 years because Republicans denied them basic health care?
And finally, at what point, if ever, will Republicans put the lives of American men, women and children ahead of their philosophy of “survival of the fittest”?