Your Views: Right won't let facts interfere with thinking

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

American writer Charles Bukowski beautifully describes the tea-party mentality, including that of Rep. Paul Ryan: “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

Those on the right ignore facts that interfere with their thinking. Ryan, for example, accused President Obama of rampant use of executive orders. Fact: Obama used fewer executive orders than any president in the last 50 years. Senate Republicans used more filibusters than prior U.S. history combined. That's an abuse of the system.

The right criticizes the Affordable Care Act even though it increases efficiency of health care delivery, extends coverage to 50 million Americans who had done without, and reduces costs. The approach is scientifically valid. Emphasis on preventive care, health promotion and early intervention are cost effective. We save pain for patients and families while reducing care costs.

The U.S. pays twice as much per capita for health care than any other developed country. Why? We focus on illness care instead of prevention. Why not spend less and achieve universal health care?

I am sickened at how the political right undermines the most brilliant president this nation has ever known. I strongly suspect it's a matter of skin color. Mitch McConnell's racist pledge to make Obama “a one-term president” did nothing to represent and further American interests.

It's time to give up our simple mindedness and recognize that for America to thrive, all Americans must thrive.



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