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In an April 14 column “Sebelius Speech Missing More Than a Page,” Ruth Ann Dailey used the occasion of Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation from her position as Secretary of Health and Human Services to lambast Obamacare. As a progressive, I’ve grown used to harangues from conservatives explaining the alleged evils of the Affordable Care Act — that Ms. Dailey would oppose the law I expect. But the fact that Ms. Dailey huffed her latest snarky soliloquy while being so grossly misinformed (uninformed, maybe?) on all topical matters is bothersome.

Anyone half-read on the subject well knows that health care reform has been attempted and abandoned numerous times since the dawn of the progressive era at the start of the 20th century. Anyone not living under a rock knows that, while the exchange website had a rough debut, it has since rebounded to enroll upwards of 7 million people in private health care plans. Anyone who knows anything about health care policy knows that the Affordable Care Act is far from “socialized medicine.”

Alas, I won’t go on swinging at pitches in the dirt thrown by someone who has no intention of understanding the law before she gets behind her megaphone to pick it apart. But I will end this letter with this: per a recent article published on the Reuters website, according to a study done by researchers at Harvard Medical School, approximately 45,000 Americans die every year largely because they lack health insurance. Or, as study co-author David Himmelstein is quoted as saying, “We’re losing more Americans every day because of inaction ... than drunk driving and homicide combined.”

Michael McCune


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