Letters to the Editor

GOP should replace rhetoric with solutions

I applaud The Island Packet for publishing "Experts assert health bill not a 'job killer'."

FactCheck.org also ran an excellent article on this subject, which pointed out that any estimates of low-paying jobs lost failed to take into account the many well-paying jobs created by the bill.

The truth is that the Republican Party has been playing fast and loose with the facts regarding health care reform since the debate began.

In December 2009, PolitiFact awarded the "Lie of the Year" to Sarah Palin for her "death panels" talking point.

Last month, the editors at PolitiFact.org chose Frank Luntz's "government takeover of health care," another favorite Republican talking point, as "Lie of the Year."

I will give the Republicans credit: Their health care plan is certainly shorter and simpler than the bill that was passed. It would appear to consist of only three words: "Don't get sick."

It seems that Republicans' main contribution to the health care debate has been two years of fiery, fact-free rhetoric.

To use a popular phrase, the American public needs to know: "What else ya got?" The time for rhetoric has passed. The time to lead is now.

Cheryl Longshore Bluffton

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