Monday letters: Criticism of Obama unfair

November 4, 2013 

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George Will is making some progress toward a “fair and balanced” approach to current American politics (“What Madison wanted,” Oct. 20). He is correct in condemning the tea party as a "raging bull" (which has) “broken a lot of china,” with no achievements.

However, his criticism of President Obama for refusing to compromise by passing the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote is unfair. In 1993, President Clinton had to pass the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act without a single Republican vote. Shortly after President Obama was first elected in 2008, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell stated the main goal of Republicans in Congress: to make sure that Obama was a one-term president.

Having failed to prevent Obama’s re-election, the Republicans have opposed and obstructed everything he has tried to do. With respect to the Affordable Care Act, to rephrase a famous quotation from Winston Churchill: Never have so few fought so hard to deny health insurance for so many.

Anthony J. DiStefano


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