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Fixing health care

| Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Fixing health care

In response to Vicki Acklin's letter “Rep. Murphy's insanity” (Aug. 23 and TribLIVE.com): The Supreme Court ruled that the president's signature legislative accomplishment isn't a health-care bill, but a tax bill — and it's a trillion-dollar tax bill that our local families, businesses and region can't afford. But don't take my word for it. With 1,400 waivers, dozens of delays and seven repeal or defund bills already signed into law, the White House agrees that this 2,900-page monstrosity is “a huge train wreck coming down,” in the words of the bill's author, Democrat Sen. Max Baucus.

Instead of working with Congress to stop this economic disaster, the White House has spent the last three years in denial or promoting gimmicks to mask the true problems of the law. But good ads can't sell a bad product, which is why the American people don't want to buy this lemon.

We can do better by repealing and defunding this law, then moving meaningful health-care reforms advanced by the Republican leadership, allowing you to shop across state lines, making insurance portable between jobs and ending junk lawsuits that take an estimated $247 billion out of the system to pay for defensive-medicine costs.

Instead of taxing health care, let's fix it so you can get the care you need, from a doctor you choose, at a price you can afford.

Tim Murphy

Upper St. Clair

The writer, a Republican, represents Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

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