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Letter: Response to Rep. Roskam's column

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 4:03 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

On the opinion page of the Aug. 28, 2013 Downers Grove Reporter, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) presents his argument against the Affordable Care Act.

His main premise is that the Washington bureaucracy cannot be entrusted with health care administration. His argument emphasizes the administrative burden the ACA puts on the IRS, claiming that the IRS can’t be trusted to be objective.

He also makes the point that the Executive Branch is facing challenges that have delayed the implementation of key aspects of the legislation, including those relating to the employer mandate.

Roskam charges the IRS with “harassing Americans” in “myriad scandals.” He’s got us wondering why the individual mandate isn’t getting delayed along with the employer mandate. He’s got us worrying about all of the “studies that show that the cost of health care continues to rise” while unnamed “industry experts warn about decreases in the quality of care."

Roskam’s mention of the IRS scandal is a tangent and a way for him to appeal to the voters’ sense of indignation.

He then uses the populist ploy, wringing hands over the individual mandate.

Roskam states that health care costs continue to rise. The fact of the matter is that health care cost growth is slowing.

He then leads us to believe that we need to be protected “from rising costs and other harmful effects of Obamacare,” and that he will work to replace it with “patient-centered reforms.” Roskam’s article is a jumble of partisan talking points.

My value bias favors a fair, balanced and comprehensive health care safety net for all. It’s a societal obligation.

Roskam’s value bias is not clear.

He’s a politician, a Republican, and favors “patient-centered reforms.” He seems given to appealing to various emotional triggers, with little concern about the logical progression of his argument or interest in substantiating his facts.

Are Republican voters in this district really satisfied that Roskam is the best they can do?

Jane Jahimiak, Downers Grove

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