Letter to the Editor: Gillespie supports replacing Obamacare


On Aug. 21, you published a letter by Paula Becker of Cross Junction. Becker, although noting Obamacare’s many flaws, wrote in general approval of the bill and of Sen. Mark Warner’s handling of the issue.

Obamacare, however, has become the biggest burden on our economy. The Affordable Care Act, although crafted with the noble intention of making health care more affordable and available has instead sent costs skyrocketing and sent millions searching for new plans, despite the president’s promise that they could keep their plans if they liked them.

Warner says we shouldn’t go back to the way our health care system was before Obamacare, but this is a straw man’s argument. Nobody wants this. That is why Republicans like Ed Gillespie actually agree with Becker when she says the answer isn’t repealing Obamacare. We believe that the answer is replacing Obamacare.

Becker is incorrect when she says Warner was one of the first to voice his concerns with the bill’s flaws. Republicans like Gillespie have been pointing out its flaws since its inception, but were shut out from the discussion. Since then, Republicans have embraced a real reform plan that drives down costs through interstate competition and gives consumers the same tax credits to find a plan on the marketplace that are given to their employers.

I’m voting for Gillespie for U.S. Senate this November because he supports replacing Obamacare with free-market health care reforms that will hold down health care costs, without taking away the health insurance plan you like and the doctor you feel comfortable with. He recognizes that Americans want a health care system that empowers doctors and patients, not politicians and political appointees.

Warner, on the other hand, has doubled down on Obamacare. Not only was he the deciding vote but he also thinks tweaking the law is the solution to this disaster.

Minor changes are not going to fix a fundamentally flawed law. I urge Becker to reconsider whom she votes for this November.

Peter Finocchio. Vienna

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