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Posted: February 26, 2010 5:18 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
I address my comments to three letters in the Feb. 20 edition of The Signal.

1. Jim Stepp ("We need health care reform") wrote, "we must pass health care reform or the U.S. will lose its financial power internationally."
But ObamaCare will add trillions of dollars to Obama's bulging deficit. You cannot reduce a deficit by adding to it.

Stepp is "a two-time kidney transplant patient." Would he have been eligible for two kidney transplants under ObamaCare? Probably not, especially if he was utilizing Medicare.

2. Rev. Scott MacLachlan ("Not worth the ink") claimed Bob Kellar helped to "overbuild this community of ours."
The vast majority of development in this valley is in Los Angeles County, not in the city. Kellar is a city councilman. Anger over "overbuilding" should be directed at the county.

3. John Adargo ("Now, not later) writes we need to pass ObamaCare in order to cut federal spending ("Congress is close to passing real health care reform and it needs to work together to finish this job.")

ObamaCare is a budget-buster according to the Congressional Budget Office and Obama's own estimates, and contains no real provisions to cut costs, such as selling insurance across state lines, clamping down on frivolous malpractice lawsuits and eliminating the way-beyond "Cadillac" health care plan enjoyed by the members of Congress and their families.

Adargo also wrote that we need to invest in our infrastructure "to create new jobs," but then wrote we should impose a "special tax to repay our debt to China."

New taxes have never created new jobs.


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