Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 22, 2013

The division of hatefulness

Greensburg Daily News

---- — Dear Editor:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the law, with modifications, on June 28, 2012.

I don’t believe that there was a single Republican in the House or Senate that voted for the law. There were tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars spent by special interest groups to defeat the legislation. Those millions were not spent for the benefit of the American people; it was spent for greed, stifling of competition, and influence and power in Washington D. C. Republicans have tried 40+ times to repeal or change the ACA. With all of that failing, the Republicans shut down the government at a cost to the economy, according to Standard & Poor’s, of $24 billion. They accomplished nothing.

With all of this in mind, there is still an underlying existence of evil that resides in some of those with or without political affiliations or moral conviction. That evil has exposed itself with great clarity during this debate. It sometimes comes in the form of innuendo that is espoused by those that want to inflict not only political harm, but a personal denigration of President Obama. It sometimes comes in the not-so-subtle actions of those that carry the hate-provoking placards that spew the language and images of degradation. It sometimes comes in the form of symbolism such as displaying a large Confederate flag in front of the White House.

This great evil is called racism. We have heard it on radio; we have seen it on television; we have heard it at the work place; we have heard it wherever people gather. It exists, and we all know it. There are those across these United States that absolutely cannot accept the fact that we have an African-American President. There are those that rile at the very thought that President Obama has accomplished something ( ACA) that no other president has been able to accomplish. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a good and honorable effort made by a good and honorable man to bring affordable health insurance to millions of people who have never had it, and to reduce the terrible cost burden of health insurance that has been placed on the backs of many Americans. As time passes and the true value of the ACA becomes apparent, I hope that we as Americans will see the light of day, and not the darkness of division and hatefulness.

John Vanderbur,