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I was pleased to see that Rep. John Salazar went against his party to oppose the American Clean Energy and Security Act Friday. The bill, which supposedly seeks to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent in 2050, is in reality a tax upon the working class families Obama promised would get tax breaks.

The worst part about the bill is the Congressional Budget Office did some fancy footwork to make the bill appear less damaging. The budget office said the bill would cost households $175 in increases by 2020, or about a postage stamp a day.

But what sounds too good to be true usually is.

When the Heritage Foundation did its analysis of the bill, it found the bill would cost the economy $161 billion in 2020, or $1,870 for a family of four per year. After 2020, that number rises to $6,800.

All of a sudden the bill doesn’t feel all warm and fuzzy.

That’s why it was pleasant to see that Rep. Salazar stood up for the 3rd District and refused to vote in favor of the bill because he could not in good conscience pass increased costs onto his constituents. Too bad the other Colorado Dems couldn’t step away from their party to do what is right for Colorado. Now that the bill has unfortunately passed the house, we need to make sure Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet protect Colorado from this unacceptable legislation.

Becky Sinclair

Grand Junction

The “down payment” for a government-run health care program is $1.6 trillion.

Aside from that, it will drastically limit your family’s choices, and place government cronies in charge of medical decisions.

The proposed plan will cut medical costs by cutting medical care; decisions will be decided financially, not medically.

Private payments to doctors will be considered a bribe.

There will be rationing of everything – services, choice, you name it. If you require CAT scans or an MRI, good luck; antibiotics, if you’re lucky and approved by the federal government.

You like this kind of reform, then go for it! There is not one country on this earth where a national health care program works. Why do you think everybody in the world comes here for treatment?

Obama presents nothing but very expensive empty promises. If the plan is enacted, your current health costs will increase, forcing you to enter the government plan.

If the feds determine you’re costing more than you’re worth, get ready to enter the Pearly Gates. Forget about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Our country currently is responsible for more than 80 percent of the world’s major medical advances. France’s state-run hospitals are reminiscent of the old USSR, Germany is on the brink of bankruptcy, Canada is encouraging returning to private insurance companies.

Yes, health care per capita costs less than in America, but you get what you pay for. Take a number and wait.

The Obama/Kennedy/Pelosi health care package is hazardous to our health and the wrong prescription for Americans. And keep in mind, our fearless leaders will not come under the federally mandated program. They have their own.

By the way, Sen. Bernie Sanders mentioned in the letter that appeared June 19 is from Vermont. Why did the letter writer need help with the letter from him and not from our local senators? Could it be that our current Colorado representatives didn’t read the proposed health care plan like they didn’t read the bailout bill before they voted for it?

Stan Rachesky

Glenwood Springs

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