Regardless of one's basic political philosophy, the tactics of a minority of House Republicans with respect to the federal budget can only be considered despicable ("As tensions rise, Republicans and Democrats focus on debt ceiling," Oct. 7). In their efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, they are employing precisely the same tactics used by Somali pirates.

When you fail to prevail within the system, take the budget hostage and demand ransom in the form of gutting the law. If the budget's advocates refuse to be strong-armed, accuse them of failing to negotiate. Somali pirates were ultimately dealt with by Navy SEALS. Who will take on these Congressional pirates?

Gerald Pech, Baltimore