Editorials should be based on facts

Your editorial published Oct. 2 represents yet another broadside in the seemingly endless barrage of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies which have been employed over the past 25 years to ensure that millions of Americans are denied access to basic health care services, something which has been available in every other civilized nation on earth.

You state that Republicans in the House of Representatives are merely seeking “a delay” in complying with the Affordable Care Act. In the first place, U.S. Reps. John Boehner, Ted Cruz and like- minded members of the radical right have made no secret of the fact that they are attempting to subvert, in its entirety, the law of the United States.

Second, they are not seeking a delay in “compliance” for anyone. They seek a delay in implementation for everyone. This means that their express goal is to continue to deny access to basic health care for millions of working Americans.

In your editorial, you take two words spoken by a senator entirely outside the context in which they were spoken, in order to back up your spurious claims. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus’ comment referred to what he saw as a lack of public education regarding the program as a potential “train wreck.” His statement, as a matter of fact, had absolutely nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act itself.

Finally, you state President Barack Obama refused to give “everyone the same break.” “Giving everyone the same break” entails making affordable health care available to everyone. Continuing to refuse it to millions is not a “fair break.” It means continuing to screw working Americans.

While your paper is welcome to hold biased opinions in support of radical extremists, principles of journalism do require some effort to base opinions on actual facts.