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Letters to the editor: Media fails to report 'right' side of shutdown

4:31 PM, Oct. 4, 2013  |  Comments

It saddens me that since the government has shutdown and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has taken effect the media seems to be content on only reporting the name calling and demonization of the Republicans from the President and Democrats. I only wish our media could take off their bias-hats, do their 'investigative' homework, and report the facts behind how the ACA (aka Obamacare) stalemate has shutdown the government.

The media has failed to report that since the ACA was passed into law the Obama administration has changed it (a total of 19 times) without Congress. Besides postponing the employer mandate until Jan 2015 (strategically after the 2014 elections) and abandoning the CLASS Act part of the ACA, there has been over 1,400 entities granted exemptions from the ACA. It is clear that the Republicans have offered numerous compromises to the continuing resolution (not an annual budget...in which Obama has yet to pass one as President) all of which would have prevented any shutdown of the government, but the Democrats continually say "no".

The Republicans and the majority of citizens know that the ACA has some major issues that need to be fixed, but Obama and the Democrats don't seem to care. Obama is more willing to negotiate with the supporters to his administration and big business on the ACA, and supports his Democrats shutting down the government, than to sit down and listen to or negotiate with Republicans. As a result of this defiance, Obama has ordered fences erected to prevent citizens/veterans to visit parks/monuments within Washington D.C., and even sent more guards to protect a war memorial than Benghazi.

Obama then spews rhetoric, similar to sequestration, that this is all the Republicans fault and the media falls for this hook line and sinker. Unbelievable.

Douglas Hornburg,

Oshkosh

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