Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 31, 2010 7:30 AM

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Enough with the partisanship

Regarding the March 26 editorial piece, “Thoughts on Obama’s visit from a health-care reform supporter and opponent,” I was particularly disappointed in the representatives you chose to espouse their views on President Obama’s recent speech in Iowa City. Two white, college-age males who regurgitated talking points from their respective political camps — Michael Dale-Stein held up the optimistic, shortsighted view, and Jonathan Groves brought up the pessimistic “Armageddon” side.

But it gets better. Both acknowledge Obama’s vow to “fight” the good fight in upcoming months and during the midterm elections — yet neither say anything particularly conclusive on the subject. Will the American public welcome the more accessible health-care plans or reject them in the name of fiscal responsibility (which was conspicuously absent during the Bush years)? Will we all “drink the Kool-Aid” and travel over to the Tea Party’s dark side?

This hyper-partisanship is getting tiresome and grating on average Americans. Forget cooperation — I would settle for a government in which representatives voted on personal convictions rather than lobbyists’ whims.

Per Sen. John McCain’s sentiments after the passage of the health-care reform bill, when we all forego working together in the name of staying politically viable during the midterm elections, we lose a little bit of what our democratic political system was designed to achieve: Doing the greatest good for the greatest number without treading on the rights of the minority.

When someone can explain to me how extended medical care is impeding upon the “free will” of all other Americans, maybe then I’ll buy into the anti-reform argument. It’ll probably take a few of those insurance-company lobbyists’ salaries to sway my views, however. Until then, I would like to see a federal government that spends more on public health per month than the war in Iraq and politicians who don’t pander to their extremist bases in hopes of short-term gains in November.

Enough with the hate- and fear-mongering; stop spouting rhetoric and start making real change we can believe in. The health-care reform bill is a great stride in the right direction.

Kirsten Jacobsen
UI student

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