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Mike Jorgensen, Fargo, Published January 11 2014

Letter: Press should ask tough questions about the support for Obamacare

I think it would be a tremendous service to the public and fulfillment of one of the duties of the press if you arranged a sit-down interview with former Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, John Hoeven, former Rep. Earl Pomeroy and Rep. Kevin Cramer, all of North Dakota.

I would like Dorgan and Conrad and Pomeroy to explain how/why they supported the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans have had their policies canceled and their insurance coverage is in limbo as we speak. That’s before millions of people’s policies are expected to be canceled through their employers. Did they know that this legislation would have such an effect? If they did know, why did they vote for it? If they didn’t know, why didn’t they know?

Either one of the senators’ “no” vote would have prevented the passage of this law,which is causing tremendous chaos, confusion and loss of protection of their health insurance. It is causing devastation to millions of families’ budgets by requiring incredibly high and oftentimes completely unnecessary requirements to people’s health policies, such as maternity coverage for people who are not in their child-bearing years.

Secondly, I think it would be a service to the public to hear from our current congressional delegation about what they are going to do about “fixing” Obamacare or doing what they can to mitigate its damage to our country. This is what our founders, I believe, had in mind as a duty of the free press.

It’s past time to put blind ideology and desire for a social utopia aside. America needs to face the true realities of what this legislation is doing and will do in the future and prepare for it. We “passed” the legislation and now we are finding out what is in it. We need some adults to stand up for what will serve our nation and its people’s needs, not just a political ideology and president’s “legacy.”