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Another Sunday and another condescending column from PG executive editor David M. Shribman about our president. Who does he think he is, Maureen Dowd? He lectures the president about lessons from the Affordable Care Act (“Learning From Obamacare,” March 30). The first lesson is “vast social change is best accomplished in a bipartisan way.” Just what planet is Mr. Shribman living on? What did the Republican leadership say they would do (and have done) since the day of the president’s first inauguration?

Mr. Shribman took the president to task for “not selling” the legislation better. What help did he have from Mr. Shribman? If it is a public good, why wasn’t he doing his civic duty being in such a responsible position? Health care isn’t a partisan issue. So Mr. Shribman shouldn’t have been afraid to tell the truth. He complains the president wasn’t honest about what he was selling. Where was a shred of honesty from Republicans?

Perhaps the most disingenuous point was “sell to the middle.” Mr. Shribman says this is one of the things the administration mastered best in regard to the health law. However, the whole act was crafted to appease Republicans. They demanded exchanges and private insurance and then voted unanimously against the legislation. If the president had tried to sell a plan that most of his loyal supporters wanted, he would have pushed a single-payer system.

Why continue to be dishonest about this president week after week? It is time for Mr. Shribman to give his inflated ego a rest.

TOM BALYA
Greensburg


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