The Oct. 26 editorial “Four more years” made a persuasive case for President Obama’s reelection. But several points warrant clarification or amplification. First, it was not “a balky Congress” that approved the Troubled Assets Relief Program; it was a Congress, led by Democrats, that was coping with a balky House Republican caucus. This Congress, working in hand with a Republican administration when the nation’s economic future was on the line, is an example of the bipartisanship that has been sorely lacking the past four years.
The editorial appropriately noted that the Affordable Care Act is a signal accomplishment that, when fully implemented, will offer health insurance to the 45 million Americans who lack such coverage. But Mitt Romney’s unequivocal commitment to repeal this law went unmentioned. Mr. Romney’s willingness to abandon his once-held priority for universal health care and to sacrifice the potential benefits of the Affordable Care Act to gain favor within his party is a major reason why he should be judged unqualified for president.