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December 20, 2013

Opponents of Obama make incredible claims

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

On Nov. 13, in The People Speak section of the editorial page, a woman wrote, “Obamacare is a new form of slavery forcing free people to buy government insurance or else.”

She also stated that the government will determine who gets care, if and when, and how much. She then continues saying that death panels are already in process. She then gives an example of an elderly person in the hospital receiving such limited care, and being given drugs to induce sleep and immobility all in the name of “making a person comfortable.”

There are many things I disagree with in terms of President Obama’s decisions and policies. Although what concerns me is that overwhelmingly, the Republicans disagree with everything he’s for or against. That shows no logical rationale.

They lie and mislead their constituents in a way that they are making them fear what they should be desiring.

As for slavery, slavery went beyond simply doing something that you didn’t want to do.

Some say hundreds of thousands, others say millions of people didn’t survive the middle passage. That was the travail of the travel across the Atlantic Ocean to a distant repressive shore.

How uncompromisingly suffocating the stench of the hold of the ships must have been. The pungent odor of urine, feces and vomit amidst incessant incoherent cries of the chained captives.

Once here, the enslaved Africans were subjected to the most extreme oppression in recorded history. A history some would like hidden and not discussed. Such as the murder, mutilation, torture, whipping and branding of those who were enslaved. Or the raping of women by their owners for pleasure and/or profit because of the offspring.

Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions. Despite having an African-American president, America’s pre-existing condition is still racism.

Arthur McRae Powell

North Beaver Street

New Castle

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