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Your Views: Past presidents fibs were worse than Obamas health care lies
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Regarding Kathleen Parker’s Nov. 7 article “Sins of omission,” I realize her subject was primarily an effort to smear Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). But if she wishes to point out lies, that quote about being able to keep your insurance was nowhere near the greatest or most damaging lie ever told. It was not even the worst of Obama’s lies. That would be Obama’s claim that change has come to America. He said it way more than 23 times, and we know repetition is key to making any lie believable.

The same thing is also true for those who repeatedly say Obamacare is going to destroy America. Jonah Goldberg followed the next day with his own article crowing about Obama’s lie, then Parker favored us with her second swipe at the story. I also saw a letter to the editor about lies.

OK. Enough already. I agree, Obama lied. I accept it. After the lies of the previous president, this was like a mild shower passing behind a Category 4 hurricane.

Every president lies about something. LBJ lied about the Vietnam War. Richard Nixon lied about the Watergate scandal. Ronald Reagan lied about the Iran-Contra affair. George H. Bush said, “read my lips, no new taxes.” Bill Clinton lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinski. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney lied about WMDs in Iraq.

Clearly some lies are bigger and more consequential than others. In their articles, Parker and Goldberg demonstrate an intentional lack of perspective regarding Obama’s statements that people could keep their insurance. This was not a lie of the same caliber as those spoken by Nixon or G.W. Bush. In spite of the rollout of Obamacare being poorly implemented, universal health care is a good idea. It has not helped that fear-mongering conservatives have done all they can to undermine, sabotage, delay and defund it every step of the way. This must stop. Practically every other developed country in the world already has it, and we are very late coming.

Look at it this way: If Obamacare were an early telephone, it would probably have a round dial to enter the phone numbers. Those phones were replaced by improved models with touch-tone keypads. Still, telephones were fundamentally a good idea, and today’s cellphones are definitely here to stay.

Like the early telephone, we will improve Obamacare. Republicans had plenty of chances to fix the problems of our health care system by implementing their own plan, but every time, they passed. The conservative alternative to Obamacare is what we had before, the status quo, which most now say is unacceptable.

Would Republicans insist on returning the cellphone generation to a time when communication was primarily by telegraph? Would they have us return to insurance policies that reserve the right to deny coverage, drop us if we get sick or exclude us due to pre-existing conditions?

If so, they should expect to be seriously unfriended at the next election.

Bruce Vandiver

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