Letters to the Editor

GOP wants to dismantle safety nets

Mitt Romney and Tim Scott want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They are fully aware that once all of the provisions of the act are implemented the American people will overwhelmingly accept the program the way they cherish Social Security, Medicare and all the safety net programs. When they fail, Republicans will look for more novel ways to eliminate the program.

It happened with Medicare. When their efforts to repeal the law didn’t pan out, they conjured up a voucher scheme for Medicare and privatization for Social Security. It makes no difference what term they use, their objective is the same: deny safety net programs for the common folk because affluent Republicans do not have a need for those programs.

Make no mistake, this election is about the elimination of all safety net programs. After repealing the Affordable Care Act they will then attack Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and all the other safety net programs that support the poor, the middle class and women. This is not about seniors; we won’t be affected by their callousness. This is about you and your immediate and future need for the insurance that safety net programs provide. Your parents, grandparents and women cherish these programs and so will you unless you let Republicans have their way.

A vote for Romney and Scott is a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the dissolution of all safety net programs that millions upon millions of Americans depend upon for their very existence.

The writer lives in Bluffton.