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The Affordable Care Act isn't 'terrible'

"Republicans remain determined to repeal this terrible law," says Sen. Mitch McConnell about the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act. Terrible has this etymology: terrere in Latin means to frighten. By late Middle English it is something able to cause terror.

This act is affordable and protects people we want to stay productive rather than become uncared for and wind up disabled and on Medicaid that you and I already pay for. It is not terrible.

The Koch brothers have funded videos that suggest Uncle Sam will do a woman's PAP smear or a man's rectal exam. This is obviously false. Let's be honest and understand the terror PPACA is causing rich people. They make a lot of money off unfair corporate medical insurance that denies care of existing conditions. If you are having dinner on your big yacht, it may be terrifying that the profit may go down because the government organized Internet sale of medical insurance. Maybe the rich need anxierty medicine for their rather false terror about progress.

Theodore Houk, Lutherville

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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