Monday, August 13, 2012

Kelly urged to do his job

I recently had a letter to the editor published in my local newspaper (Erie Times News) regarding Congressman Kelly's reference to the Affordable Care Act being a "day that will live in infamy." Enjoy!

"A day that will live in infamy?" Are you kidding me? Our congressman, Mike Kelly, said that Aug. 1, 2012, will be such a day because that is when the contraceptive portion of the Affordable Care Act went into effect and the attack that it presents on religious freedom.

I criticized Erie County Executive Barry Grossman a couple of years ago about using that phrase in regard to the community college being voted down and when I saw that the congressman said it, I was appalled. There are many facets to that statement that are wrong.

First is the use of that hallowed phrase. It is used to describe horrific events that have great loss of life and change the way we think and act as a community or country, like the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 attacks, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Aurora, Colo. The implementation of a law is not a horrific event on this country, especially one like the Affordable Care Act. That brings me to my next point.

Congressman Kelly said the law is an attack on religious freedom. I did not realize that companies and businesses were suddenly people with constitutionally protected rights. Businesses can't impose their religious beliefs on their employees and should not deny their employees access to certain types of health care. And it does not force anybody to get the coverage, just makes it more widely available.

I have a piece of advice for Mr. Kelly: Rather than make these outlandish false statements, do the job that the people of the Pennsylvania's 3rd District elected you to do. I have yet to see a jobs bill, legitimate budget and a plan to get the country back on track. Instead, it has been endless bills about abortion, giving the wealthiest more tax cuts and threatening to push the country to the brink of economic collapse.

Congressman Kelly, do your job!

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