Regarding the Feb. 5 front-page article “New fuel for the health-law fight”:
Citing a Congressional Budget Office report that projects that more than 2 million Americans will reduce their hours or quit working because of new health benefits available under the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) complained, “The health care law is having a tremendously negative impact on economic growth.”
Leaving aside the inconvenient fact that the good senator’s comment was based on a grossly distorted version of what the CBO actually said, I’d love to ask him to explain why, specifically, the exercise of personal liberty is bad for the United States. As someone who just left a job, secure in the knowledge that I can select and pay for my own health-care coverage, I treasure the freedom the ACA has given me.
There was a time when Republicans styled themselves the champions of individual choice and personal responsibility. Then again, many in the GOP used to advocate exactly the approach to health-care policy that President Obama has implemented. Sadly, such principled stands have been replaced by knee-jerk opposition to anything Democrats do. It is that kind of partisanship, not “Obamacare,” that is damaging our economy and our society.
Steven Alan Honley, Washington