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Kathy Stella: Boehner unwilling to give Americans a choice, or Affordable Care Act a chance

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the Affordable Care Act is “a train wreck” and we must protect American families from this unworkable law. I thought Republicans want government to stay out of people’s lives, but now a prominent Republican wants to “protect” Americans from a law he does not like.

Boehner should recall that a majority of the public voted for President Barack Obama and health care reform.

The ACA is not a government takeover of health care. The government is not going to determine what health care we get. The law was crafted to bring private insurance providers to a single marketplace where individuals can choose among plans. To ensure all people have health basics covered, Obama set a basic floor below which no provider can go. Private providers will determine details and compete for American customers. Aren’t competition and choice the American way?

Is Boehner concerned that being forced to make a choice is unAmerican, that Americans should be free to not choose? I do not recall any Republican concern about the lack of choice given to soldier draftees.

Let the American people work it out with the president and the private insurers.

-- Kathy Stella, Middleton