Letter: Suggestion to writers
I have a suggestion for Jane Spaulding and all others who write letters to the editor. Do not start off your opinion, or “tirade” in many cases, with a false statement. It makes the rest of your viewpoint totally unreliable in terms of whether or not you really know what you are talking about.
In Ms. Spaulding’s case, the statement “that before Obamacare everybody had their own doctor and their own health care that they could afford” is not only wrong but patently absurd. Anyone with the most basic knowledge of our health care system should know that large swaths of Americans could not afford health insurance prior to Obamacare and were suffering because of it. I personally had talked to several people in Rifle and the surrounding area who were suffering medical issues because they could not afford decent (or in some cases, any) insurance to get the health care they needed.
Prior to Obamacare, more than 41 million people lacked insurance coverage, primarily those lower on the socioeconomic ladder, aka, the poor.
As for insurance premiums, they have increased for some people, but don’t lay all the blame on the Affordable Care Act (yes, this is Obamacare), but on insurance companies as well.
My own insurance company raised the cost of my health insurance coverage just about every year prior to the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare does have problems that need to be fixed, but if I were a parent with a young child I would not pay a Republican to babysit for me because they seem to like to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
So my suggestion to letter writers is to leave off your false, misguided, purely ideological statements until the end of the letter. That way, you can at least hope that people who are not wearing blinders and looking at the world as it really is will still read your article and at least take into consideration some of the points you try to make.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
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