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Reader's view: It's not the product, but the process that angered

I am not debating that there are good points in the health-care bill. I'm sure both sides of the aisle could have passed a bill that included, for example, providing health-care coverage to 32 million Americans and eliminating the insurance compa...

I am not debating that there are good points in the health-care bill. I'm sure both sides of the aisle could have passed a bill that included, for example, providing health-care coverage to 32 million Americans and eliminating the insurance company's ability to refuse coverage and the lifetime cap. These are changes the American taxpayers could swallow. It would have been an excellent compromise and would have set the stage for much better legislation. But that didn't happen.

Congress passed a bill more than 2,000 pages long, accepted by one party, and at a cost that will cripple this economy for years. The bill is partisan, demonstrates political arrogance, and is in complete disregard for what the majority of the American people wanted. That is not the way to pass legislation that will affect every American.

Looking back at the process, what was truly astounding were the back-room deals and arm-twisting that led to passing the bill. It really is incredible! Typically, back-room deals are between parties. Not this time. The back-room deals were within one party. That further confirms the bill was the wrong bill to pass. If it were the right bill, we wouldn't have had to sell our souls to the holdouts with politics as usual.

Don't you get it? It isn't just the bill that makes us angry. It's the failure of our elected officials to listen to their constituents. That is what really makes the voters angry. We the people can do something about it. We can vote this November for someone who will listen!

Michael Wellcome

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International Falls

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