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Pursuit of Obamacare repeal goes against Republican ideals

Republicans have until Sept. 30 to try passing Cassidy-Graham, the GOP's last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill, in the Senate with only 50 votes under the chamber's rules. (Sept. 18, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)

Republican elected officials and their supporters claim to be the party of "personal responsibility." If that is truly the major plank of their ideological platform, why do they continue to try to repeal and replace Obamacare ("Repeal and replace redux," Sept. 20)? After all, it mandates that people must have health insurance. The bills accumulated by people without health insurance who get sick and cannot pay for their own care are paid by the rest of us. Where is the personal responsibility in that?

Richard P. Doran, Baltimore

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