Regarding “Supercommittee fails to reach deal,” ModernHealthcare.com, Nov. 21: This is an incredible demonstration of incompetence and arrogance. It could only be surpassed if they try to repeal the law that would provide the drastic automatic cuts.
Legislative incompetence, and other letters
There must be ramifications. Both sides clearly put ideology and party over country. Six individuals sitting on this panel had already signed allegiance to a private citizen pledging to adhere to his policy on tax increases. That was a violation of their oath to the Constitution. The Constitution gives them the power to regulate taxes, and all polls indicate that the American people believe that the deficit must be addressed through expenditure cuts and tax increases. I, for one, favor a 70% to 30% ratio with thought-out cuts and taxes. Compromise is what this country is based on: competing ideologies, interests and peoples finding common ground to provide the “greatest good for the greatest number.” Nowhere in that definition is the word “capitulation” or the terms “caving in” or “my way or no way.” Let's bring honor back to compromise and the advancement of the American people. It is clear that the return to normalcy will have to come from the roar of the American people to their leaders. The real concern is in what form will that come?
Brian B. SheaVice presidentCollection Bureau of the Hudson ValleyNew Fairfield, Conn.
Regarding “Supreme Court to review healthcare reform law,” ModernHealthcare.com, Nov. 14: There are many provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that could be beneficial to both patient and provider. However, in order to be effective, it must be broken apart and debated on each provision. There are too many negatives in the 2,700-page bill to stand in its entirety and un-severable.
Don BakerPresidentEmergency and Critical Care Education ResourcesAtascadero, Calif.
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