Best prescription: focus on new jobs

I disagree with The Herald’s editorial stance on health-care reform on Dec. 29, “ Good still outweighs bad.”

In every poll that I’ve seen come out in the past two months, the American public’s No. 1 concern is the economy and jobs. The Democrats seem to be turning a deaf ear to what the American public is saying.

In a recent letter that I received from Sen. Patty Murray, she stated “… the non-partisan CBO declared that the Senate healthcare bill will reduce the deficit by $127 billion.” However, a letter from the Office of the Actuary concludes that the Reid bill will cost $400 billion more than the CBO predicts, due to budget gimmicks by the Democrats like double counting Medicare cuts.

In reality, this monstrosity of a health-care bill will add over $250 billion to the deficit. President Obama recently said over and over that “I will not sign this health-care bill if it’s not deficit neutral.”

Will this be Obama’s greatest lie?

On Jan. 15 the Democrats, in complete secrecy with absolutely no transparency (another Obama lie), gave a $60 billion sweatheart deal to big unions. This will further add to the deficit or force others to make up the difference. This is unfair and morally wrong!

In the eyes of many thousands of American people, the Democrats lack credibility, morality and ethics.

The top issues are the economy and jobs. I ask that Congress refocus on these first and set this economic monstrosity of a health-care bill aside.

Patrick McGill


Talk to us

More in Opinion

FILE - Six-year-old Eric Aviles receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. In a statement Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, California's public health officer, Dr. Tomas J. Aragon, said that officials are monitoring the Omicron variant. There are no reports to date of the variant in California, the statement said. Aragon said the state was focusing on ensuring its residents have access to vaccines and booster shots. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Editorial: A plea for watchful calm this time regarding covid

We don’t need a repeat of uncontrolled infections or of the divisions over vaccines and masks.

Flowers bloom on the end of a dead tree on Spencer Island on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Restore salmon habitat but provide view of its work

Comments are sought on a plan to restore fish habitat to the island east of Everett with popular trails.

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Sept. 21

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

A construction worker caulks the siding on a townhouse at The Towns at Riverfront housing development in Everett on October 25, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Editorial: How do we put housing within reach of everyone?

A Herald Forum panel discussion considered the challenges and solutions for affordable housing.

The Rotary Club of Everett Awards on Monday, May 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Rotary efforts prove no limits to ‘Service Above Self’

Everett Rotary clubs have welcomed Dominican Rotarians this week marking several accomplishments.

Sheriff Fortney over-reacted to Herald’s coverage

Sheriff Adam Fortney posted an 11-minute video rant in response to an… Continue reading

Arlington Mayor Tolbert cares for youths in community

In order to have youth develop into well-adjusted adults it takes a… Continue reading

Congratulations to AquaSox on a successful season

Congratulations to the Everett AquaSox baseball team for their successful and enjoyable… Continue reading

Comment: Terms like ‘abortion tourism’ meant to fabricate outrage

Are women crossing state lines to see a Broadway show, eat at Momofuku and grab a relaxing abortion? Please.

Most Read