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August 30, 2014

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letter to the editor:

A conservative’s view of the issues

I can’t speak for the Republican Party, but I can try to be enlightening as to what this conservative voter thinks on the issues listed in the June 5 letter “GOP should follow people’s will.”

The Affordable Care Act does not make health insurance affordable. It does make it available to a few low-income people but at a huge cost to the middle class. The law is simply another form of income transfer.

For several years, Republicans in Congress have proposed two changes that would have a huge effect on the cost of health insurance. First, allow insurance companies to compete across state lines; second, reform tort laws to restrain ambulance-chasing lawyers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to let these proposals see the light of day.

As for immigration, I support enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws. There’s nothing racist about supporting the rule of law.

Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants already in this country will result in another flood of illegal immigrants. President Ronald Reagan signed a law in 1986 that granted amnesty to 2 million people and included border enforcement. Unfortunately, Congress never funded the enforcement portion of the law, and now we’re dealing with 11 million criminals (if you break our immigration laws, you are by definition a criminal).

Finally, I’m not aware of any Republican policy or proposal that would deny anyone equal rights.

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