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. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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