Republicans usurp power

DEAR EDITOR:

I am sick to death of bipartisan bickering on issues that affect all Americans, and I am placing the blame solidly on the Republicans who now control the House and Senate.

Our congressman, Tim Ryan, has assured his constituents that many Republicans have good ideas — but voting on legislation about health care that “We the People” cannot even learn about before the vote is not one of them. Our Senator Sherrod Brown has proposed good ideas on health care reform, but nobody listens. Secretary Hillary Clinton proposed genuine solutions, but God forbid Republicans should consider them — after all, No. 45’s goal is to reverse everything that his predecessor believed in and deconstruct the administrative state.

As the Republicans proceed determinedly to vote on the American Health Care Act without allowing either Democrats or the American people to read it, I wonder if that’s constitutional. How can they vote on a matter without even hearing our opinions? How can 13 male Republican senators make good decisions about the health care needs of the entire American citizenry?

With no committee hearings on the AHCA, I angrily protest this final usurpation of power by the party that thinks they’re in charge. Maybe they can get away with it this year, but I will work long and hard to evict these pompous legislators from their stuffy seats in 2018. Can the Supreme Court review this if we challenge Republicans on their right to vote on legislation that we can’t even learn about?

Who do those senators think pays their salaries? We do, the citizens. I was angry last summer when Republicans would not even permit a vote on gun control. I was angry when Republicans defended the president as his possible allegiances and business dealings with foreign opposition remain under question. I was angry when that same president and his supporters expressed greater worry at the idea of leaks rather than thanking our Creator that we discovered the Russians interfered with our election. Now Trump is restricting press briefings — deconstructing our democratic process.

Obviously, the GOP — which is no longer very Grand — wants to cut health care benefits and pass tax cuts on to the wealthiest families. Shame on the president who earns $400,000 and also Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, who each earn $223,500 courtesy of the American taxpayers. They should all resign in disgrace over this debacle.

LINDA COCUZZI RICHTER

Niles

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