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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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