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Fact, not fiction

Published on -9/30/2013, 9:51 AM

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Fact, not fiction

I need to address the Thursday HDN opinion page.

It was truly a Democrat's fairy tale in print again. In the middle was the myopic opinion of that fellow from Salina, Alan Jilka.

As always, when a Dem wants to stir the pot, they revert to the old saw about Republicans wanting to destroy Social Security or something to that effect.

This time, Mr. Jilka warned that causing a shutdown would result in a great outpouring of anger when soldiers and Social Security recipients stop receiving their checks. He forgot to add that the school lunch program would be discontinued and little old ladies would have their prescriptions stopped.

Attention: Social Security checks will not be stopped or impacted any which way. Veterans' benefits and soldiers' pay will not be stopped. Fact, not fiction. Rest easy, folks. I was joking about the old ladies and the school lunch program.

Patrick Lowry rails again against Tim Huelskamp. (Isn't Tim the one Jilka tried running against?) Many of us voted for and support Tim and his work on the Hill. The Republicans were never given a chance to give input on medical reform. "My way or the highway," Obumer said.

However, the Republicans do have an alternative. Among other reforms, the GOP sponsored bill would allow consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines, let individuals and families deduct health care cost for tax purposes the way employers do and inject billions of dollars into state high-risk pools so people with pre-existing medical conditions can gain coverage.

There is choice in this. We do not have to continue on this path to destruction. Defund the Affordable Care Act and implement a plan that will not bankrupt us in 10 years.

The 20 new taxes in the Affordable Care Act are not going to cause us to see lower health care costs.

They add onto the overall cost each of us will bear.

John Pyle

Hays

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