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When Obamacare goes bust, Americans will look to Republicans for leadership on health reform [Letter]

Laws and LegislationAffordable Care Act (Obamacare)Barack ObamaRepublican PartyNancy Pelosi

Thanks to The Sun's editorial writers for a hearty laugh when they wrote recently that "the president may have over-generalized the benefits of the ACA before and after its passage, particularly the pledge that everyone could keep their existing coverage" ("The Obamacare repairs," Nov. 14).

"Over-generalized the benefits" of the ACA? Surely you jest.

President Barack Obama promised with no ifs, ands or buts that people could keep the health insurance plans they already had if they liked them. And the president continued making this "over-generalized" comment right up until October, even after his message was reported nationally as not being true.

I do not know if President Obama purposely lied, was uniformed about the law's provisions, was incompetent or just so inept that he did not understand the consequences of his "over-generalized" rhetoric for the American public. Whatever is was, the president's march to liberal-progressive, government-controlled health care thankfully has been stopped for now.

Yet there are some good provisions of the ACA that should be made mandatory for the private health-care system. And Republicans would be wise to resurrect the earlier proposals they had for private insurance coverage that were systematically dumped by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

With some smart (maybe an oxymoron for the current Republican leadership) design changes that include the good stuff from the ACA, that may be just the right approach toward meeting all Americans' health-care needs.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

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