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


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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