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Letting ACA fail would break law
At some point in the future, Congress may successfully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (No repeal; no replace,” Wednesday). For the time being, however, the ACA is the law of the land, and millions of Americans depend on it for their very lives.
In January, President Trump swore on the Bible to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.” Article 2 of the Constitution states that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” As long as the ACA is the law, President Trump must support and preserve the ACA. His statement that he will “let Obamacare fail” is unacceptable and will result in pain and suffering for millions. Allowing it to fail is also a violation of his oath of office.
— Bernard A. Mason, M.D., Philadelphia, email@example.com
Time to put politics aside
I am a proud independent voter. After attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, our clueless president’s strategy is to “let Obamacare fail.” This is appalling. Letting the health-care system fail means that millions of Americans will be affected in a negative way.
I hope there are enough decent human beings in Congress to realize that the politics of letting Obamacare fail is disgraceful. It’s time for legislators to put politics aside and ensure that the health-care system does not fail. The sideshow of killing Obamacare is over; it’s time to get to work. People need affordable health care more then the insurance industry and the wealthy need tax cuts.
I support cutting taxes, but I do not support the tax cuts that have been proposed with the Republican health-care reforms. The Republicans need to find their tax cuts elsewhere.
Basic health care is a human right, and the political battles around it are a national disgrace.
— Kevin Martin, Kennett Square, firstname.lastname@example.org
GOP blocked fixes for years
The commentary, “Both parties to blame for health-care mess” (Wednesday) said: “The only saving grace for Republicans is that if and when those exchanges fall into a deep decline, they will still be able to assign some of the blame to Democrats for their original sin in passing Obamacare.”
That’s about the only possible way any blame can be assigned to Democrats. They passed the Affordable Care Act in the first place. Fixes aren’t hard, but with the House in Republican hands since 2011 and the Senate since 2015, no legislative fixes have been possible. President Barack Obama could do some things through executive orders, but Republicans needed to put country over party to pass ACA fixes and they refused to do that.
Democrats have made it clear that small fixes are needed and that the ACA can be fixed, but President Trump has made it clear that he intends to sabotage the ACA and deny health care to tens of millions of citizens who have done nothing wrong. That would that lead to many preventable, unnecessary deaths.
— Richmond L Gardner, Horsham
Schools not the best spots for art
I share the city controller’s concern about Philadelphia School District artwork stored away without proper accountability (“Controller: Why don’t Philly kids deserve art?” Tuesday), but my experience tells me that it is not advisable to display art in the schools.
In the 1970s, I was student-teaching at an all-girls high school. One day, the school’s life-size statue of the Venus de Milo was found decapitated. The head was subsequently mailed to the principal. I remember thinking the incident was hilarious, but my view was not widely shared among the faculty.
My high school used to have a statue of St. Francis de Sales in the main entrance. One morning, it was noted that St. Francis had lost four of the five fingers on the hand he had raised in blessing. I’ll leave it to the reader’s imagination to figure out which finger St. Francis retained.
Displaying artwork in a school is not such a good idea. There’s a reason the Museum of Art has an army of guards deployed throughout the facility.
— Mike Egan, Plymouth Meeting, email@example.com
Focus on teaching art
As a student at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School from 1960 to 1962, we students were never allowed to enter the school through the front door or enter the beautiful lobby. Since that’s where the art was hung, I never encountered the works mentioned in the article. In fact, the prevailing view at the school from my young perspective seemed to be that the art was much too valuable to expose it to teenagers.
I applaud the sentiment of returning the art to the students, but let’s focus on how we can keep art in the classroom and make the arts relevant to our children’s future. Displaying the works is fine, but it comes nowhere close to the value of teaching art in the classroom.
— Barry Lurie, Bala Cynwyd, firstname.lastname@example.org
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