September 26, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) may have inadvertently said something worthwhile when he read aloud from Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” [“Cruz snarls GOP’s options,” Sept. 25]. The good doctor may have written a different allegory to the one he intended.

Consider the plot: An annoying little fellow, Sam-I-Am, tries to get his unnamed friend to eat the title meal, only to be told, “I do not like them.” Even with different companions (goat, fox) or in different settings (boat, box, train), the dish gets rejected. Suppose this is not about greens but Obamacare. Perhaps Sam-I-Am is Obama and his pal is those Americans who have turned down this suspiciously colored food.

Now look at how the story ends (spoiler alert!): For a little peace, anonymous takes a bite, only to find that she likes the stuff and can’t say enough in thanking Sam-I-Am.

If you’re a Republican or Libertarian, especially of the tea party persuasion, this would truly be a disaster.

Fred Dawson, Beltsville

One must marvel at Max Rugemer’s proposed Obamacare “compromise” [“The Obamacare fight,” letters, Sept. 24]. Mr. Rugemer suggested delaying the law’s implementation until 2015 so the next Congress could decide whether to perfect it or repeal it. Isn’t that the current Congress’s job?

And what if the 2014 election map looks similar to the present one? Will we further delay giving millions of uninsured people access to health care until 2017, 2019, 2021, etc.?

Mallory Duncan, Washington

George F. Will [“Let Obama suffer from Obamacare,” op-ed, Sept. 26] repeated the canard that members of Congress and their staffs are receiving “special, ameliorative subsidies” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The opposite is true. Members of Congress and their staffs are the only people required by the ACA to give up their employer-provided health insurance and obtain coverage through the new exchanges. The subsidies they are receiving are nothing more than the health insurance contributions that most large employers routinely offer their employees. The ACA provision that stripped members of Congress and their staffs of their traditional health insurance coverage was a cynical political ploy that Mr. Will should deplore, not embrace.

Joe Onek, Washington

The writerwas senior counsel to former House speaker Nancy Pelosi from 2007 to 2011.

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