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Perry Ostmo, Sharon, N.D., Published October 31 2012

Letter: Health care law long overdue

Democrats believe health care is a right. Republicans view it as a privilege. It’s another stark difference in ideology.

This is an extremely important election about the direction of this country. It’s an election about principles, morals and ethics.

Obamacare is long overdue in this country. There are too many good parts to it to repeal and start over. If they were capable of working in a bipartisan manner, they could fix the parts that need it. Why are politicians so fiercely against it? If they repeal it, don’t expect it to reappear.

The Frontier amendment was a once-in-a-lifetime shot at fixing the discrepancies in reimbursements to North Dakota medical facilities taking Medicare patients. Who represents the 45,000 North Dakotans without health insurance, including 11,000 children in recent statistics? Who represents the 153,000 North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions or the 32,000 North Dakota families facing major medical expenses exceeding their caps? The Democrats do. Sixty-two percent of all bankruptcies in this country are due to health care expenses.

Kevin Cramer has made repeal of this legislation his No. 1 priority. Jack Dalrymple, Rick Berg and John Hoeven, along with the entire Republican Party, are driven to do this – driven by pure greed. The more one has, the more one needs. This, by the party of religion, the religious right, which in reality is 10 percent truly righteous and well-meaning and 90 percent selfish, self-serving and self-righteous.

Only one party uses religion to further their agenda – most of which is un-Christian. I resent the use of my religion by pretenders and part-timers for their self-serving agenda. Too many voters in this state are deceived and lied to by politicians and the one-sided media in much of this state.

Do your duty and vote. Vote your conscience.