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March 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM

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Health-care bill: the debate continues

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Say it ain’t so, John McCain

It’s nice that in a world of so much rapid change, there’s one constant in modern life — no matter what it is, the Republicans are agin’ it [“For Republicans, fight isn’t over,” CloseUp, March 23].

However, it’s very disappointing to see a man of John McCain’s stature — someone I consider a war hero and a statesman — vowing to destroy the minutes-old health-care bill and see it repealed before he even gets a chance to see whether or not it might help his constituents in the state of Arizona.

Arizona is hurting economically, and I wonder how many of McCain’s fellow Arizonans can actually afford health care without a little help?

— Carol Lake, Kirkland

We should have spoken up

I’m sorry that I and others like myself didn’t speak up more about our support of health-care reform. But apparently it is difficult to win the minds of American citizens when competing with people who yell and scream hysterically.

It’s almost as if one side said, “1+1=2” and the other side cried and bellowed, “No, no, 1+1=3. Everyone knows that. If everyone started thinking otherwise, the world would end.” Then a survey was taken, and the majority of people said, “1+1=3.”

If there had been nice, thought-provoking debate on the issue, and the other side still prevailed, then I would still be upset, but not disillusioned. Fear, and the threat of fearful things, is pretty powerful, apparently. I really hate to think the American people have stopped thinking and started putting their faith in fear.

I personally have little, if anything, to gain from health-care reform. I have some of the best health insurance around. But I know health-care reform isn’t about me. It’s about others less fortunate. I’m not Christian, but, if I remember correctly back when I was, that used to be part of the Christian doctrine. But things change apparently.

— Robert L. Stewart, Renton

Polls can be manipulated

The only polls about health care I received (via phone) were so heavily biased and leading that even if you tried to answer the questions to reflect support for universal health care, it would look as if you were against it.

The election of President Obama reflected the true indication that the majority of Americans do want health-care reform, and being that Democrats don’t always act like sheep, they bicker and argue over details. A start has been made, and details and posturing and fine tuning will continue for years to come, but we have made a compassionate nod to those who aren’t always fortunate enough to have a job/income to have a decent chance of good health care.

Do I know all the details of the bill? No, but neither do those who were whipped up into angry mobs. One can only go on basic humanitarian principles.

— Brian Hogan, Kent

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