Letter: ACA headline hypocritical; program stunning success

Posted Online: April 24, 2014, 11:00 pm
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The hypocrisy of Monday's headline about the Affordable Care Act is breathtaking. It clearly implies that the ACA (aka Obamacare) was somehow a failure, when in fact it is a stunning success.

First, your lead, which seems to imply the bill somehow did not live up to its promise to get insurance coverage for the uninsured is misleading at best and deceptive at worst, because at this point no one knows for sure how many of those who signed up were previously uninsured.

Which brings me to my second point: Eight million have signed up IN SPITE of the Republicans erecting every roadblock imaginable and spending literally tens of millions of dollars on ads telling people not to sign-up. And this doesn't even count the millions more young people who have remained covered under their parent's policy or the millions who have qualified for expanded Medicaid in the states that are participating.

And this brings me to my third point: I find it rather curious that when your article talks about people who can't get coverage under Medicaid programs it FAILS to mention the fact that these are in states run by Republicans who have refused to participate in the program. I hope that some of your other readers, like me, recognize biased reporting when they see it.

Dave Ramacitti,
Rock Island


Local events heading

  Today is Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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