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Vestal missed the point

I read Shawn Vestal’s column in the Feb. 3 edition of The Spokesman-Review. He was criticizing Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on her loose “facts” on “Bette from Spokane” in her speech after the State of the Union. I think he missed the point. Whether Bette could have replaced her canceled insurance (which she liked by the way) with a $700 increase or “only” a $450 increase isn’t the issue, is it?

Vestal’s a smart guy. He can’t seriously believe that his president (not mine) and his party have done us a service with the Affordable Care Act? This legislation is already a nightmare, with way more damage to come. Notice that nothing in the law is designed to bring the cost of health care down? It simply shifts the cost of who is paying. And it’s mostly taxpayers.

Maybe Cathy’s facts could have been presented better. If we are going down that road rather than scrutinizing the ACA itself, he better be prepared to defend his president and his cronies. Talk about stretching the “facts.”

William Wrigglesworth


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