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LETTER: Extortion is not one of the checks and balances

When the founding fathers of this country put in checks and balances, they didn’t have extortion in mind. That is exactly what House Republicans, including our Rep. Scott Tipton, are doing by tying Obamacare to the government shutdown.

Their rationale? The public is wary of Obamacare so “we” should get rid of it by any means possible. It doesn’t seem to matter that it was a legally passed law, the Supreme Court reaffirmed it, and Obama was re-elected despite McCain’s promise to repeal the law, or the fact that shutting down the government won’t get rid of the law. It will just once again slow our economy and disgust the American public with their elected officials. This is an abuse of power, and any effort to blame the president or Democrats for the shutdown is disingenuous at best.

Why are the Republicans trying so desperately to get rid of the Affordable Care Act? They know the more the public learns about the act and experiences its benefits, the less fearful they will become. It’s ironic they are so opposed to something that is modeled on the Republican idea of health reform anyway.

We need to remember that Scott Tipton is embracing the Tea Party in these actions. One year from now we need to hold him accountable.

Peter Westcott


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