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Proud of senators who voted their conscience

When I awoke to the news that the Senate voted down the bill that would have potentially eliminated health care to 16 million Americans while simultaneously increasing health insurance premiums by 20 percent, I felt proud of Senators Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for having the courage to vote their conscience. Collins, McCain, and Murkowski each exhibited genuine compassion and personal integrity by placing country before party. I can only hope that their heroic leadership will inspire other lawmakers to act publicly on their convictions, too.

We all understand that the Affordable Care Act is imperfect and needs some serious reform. However, it’s counterproductive and nonsensical to think, as this bill proposed, that by removing millions of individuals that are currently protected by insurance and increasing premiums by 20 percent would somehow improve the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act.

Perhaps this day will mark the beginning of the end of the political schism that has so deeply divided our country for so many years. Perhaps this day will mark the return to the old-fashion, productive form of governing when politicians, regardless of party affiliation, collaborated for the good of all Americans.

Paul A. Stackhouse

Nevada City

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