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August 27, 2013

Don’t just vent; argue a point

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Every time I read one of Bill Logan’s letters, I wonder if he’ll make an effort to produce an actual argument or just use up space venting his spleen. In his reply to Nadine Jewell’s letter supporting the Affordable Car Act, Bill, once again, vents his spleen. 

I don’t know if the Affordable Care Act will be beneficial or not. I believe it to be an honest and a worthy effort to establish health care in the United States as a basic right for our poorest citizens. I think it is an effort to contain health care costs, which have spiraled out of control.  

When I look at the tables that tell me health care consumes 17.6 percent of America’s annual gross domestic product as compared with the 11.6 percent in France and Germany, I applaud the fact that someone is making an effort to lower those numbers. Economics is not my field, but I understand that excessive spending in one sector of the economy negatively impacts other sectors.

I’ve read the views of economist Paul Krugman, who reports that the ACA is working well in the states that have implemented it. He believes this to be a source of considerable anxiety for the Republican Party.

Insofar as the Republican attitude toward health care might be summarized as “give me liberty or give me health insurance,” I can see that they might well be concerned that the general public will show a marked preference for the rather tangible benefits of health insurance over the more abstract satisfactions of liberty, particularly in instances when liberty involves not only the pursuit of happiness but also bankruptcy and death.

As John Lennon wrote in the ’60s Beatles hit “Revolution,” “We’d all love to see the plan.” It is most unfortunate that the Republican Party appears not to have one.

I presume when Bill offers up acronyms like IRS and NSA and Benghazi, he does so with a rather touching faith that these alone will convince the public that there is a special venality at work in the Obama White House that distinguishes it from its more upright predecessors. Bill fails to offer up so much as a sentence to convince me that this is true.

MACK PAUL

Norman

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