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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Spoiled in our fast food approach

  • After a couple of hours watching the hearings concerning the roll-out of the ACA website, I have a couple of comments.
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  • To the editor:
    After a couple of hours watching the hearings concerning the roll-out of the ACA website, I have a couple of comments. First, the website is a convenience to the marketing process, surely a benefit, but not a requirement. Telephone and personal contact of agents can enroll applicants for the ACA benefit health insurance. This is no different than the traditional way of an insurance salesman visiting a home or a customer going into an insurance office. Yes, we are spoiled in our "fast food" approach to everything. Second, if this website was so important, where was the oversight of the House of Representatives in the first two weeks of the roll-out? Oh, they were on unauthorized leave, AWOL, in the pre-meditated government shut-down. This event surely hampered the smooth roll-out of the website and administration of the ACA. Like always, the Republican majority has no alternatives that are actionable, and therefore rely on their only expertise, pedantic picking and no legislative performance other than 42 times passing bills to defund, delay the ACA.
    By the way, a vote for not defaulting on the U.S. obligations and opening the government as Representative Jenkins and Senator Moran did, does not deserve "kudos" since they are bound by oath to uphold the Constitution and defend this country from enemies domestic and foreign; a "no" vote would have had drastic repercussions to our national security e.g. FBI and other government agencies off duty protecting our country.
    Just because the House is the initiator of funding does not mean they get to fund or defund, everything they ask for; this is where compromise and consensus comes in!

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