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Can’t afford this care

Amanda R. Hunt (“Health reform is helping,” June 9) praises the benefit of the Affordable Care Act by noting that Washington will bring in $128 million in federal assistance to help cities like Spokane, hard hit by the global recession, provide more affordable health care. But where is the federal assistance coming from?

Indeed, “strong communities should look after each other,” but our federal government is hardly a strong community with the national debt now standing at about $15 trillion and growing exponentially. We still do not know the details of the Affordable Care Act except that its 2,700 pages have increased to some 10,000 pages of regulations.

And my family’s health care insurance costs have increased by 78 percent since the act was passed.

Robert B. Wilson

Pullman


 

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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.