Opinion Line Extra (Oct. 21)

10/21/2013 12:00 AM

10/18/2013 5:23 PM

The progressive Republican leadership caved on the continuing resolution and raising of the debt ceiling, yet got virtually nothing for it.

After 35 years of faithfully voting as a Democrat, I have changed my affiliation to Republican. I may not be able to vote for the Democrat of my choice, but at least I can join the moderate Republicans in their primary election to try to help vote out the extremists.

Republicans have demonstrated yet again that they are unfit to run this great country. They would have turned a manufactured crisis to a real economic collapse, and defaulted on our debt, to accomplish a narrow partisan agenda.

Someone said to find out the facts about Obamacare before forming an opinion. That would be like trying to decipher the federal tax system.

I hope the Republicans’ bruising in the latest government shutdown and debt ceiling fiasco has helped them realize that Obamacare is here to stay. I pray they learn from their mistakes, end their preoccupation with Obamacare, and get on with the business of governing.

Jon Stewart challenged Kathleen Sebelius to sign up for Obamacare online before he could download every movie ever made. He won easily in the minds of the viewers.

It would be a good journalistic endeavor for The Eagle to begin a column on how many people in Sedgwick County have been successful in signing up for the Affordable Care Act and what the costs are, including reportedly astronomical deductibles. I have tried on four separate occasions to no avail.

The U.S. pays more for less health care than any other nation on Earth because of our insurance-controlled system. Republicans are bought and paid for by big insurance. Obamacare starts to take insurance profits and put them back into health care, where they belong, saving citizens money.

Tea party Republicans in Congress have done great damage to our country, and to themselves. Why is that so difficult for them, and for some Kansans, to understand?

Rep. Tim Huelskamp seems to think the way to get rid of a law he doesn’t like is to shut down the government. The proper way to do it is to control the White House and both the House and Senate and repeal it.

Paying federal workers back-pay for not working is a jab in the eye to all those who do work.

Did you notice that within 24 hours of the government going back to work, the price of gas went from $2.99 a gallon to $3.15?

If undocumented people are granted citizenship, will they be able to buy guns?

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