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October 7, 2013

Letter: Make no mistake: it's GOP's shutdown

To the editor:

Everybody has his or her view as to who to blame for our government having to shut down, with 800,000 federal workers being furloughed without pay while members of Congress see their pay and benefits continue unaffected — business as usual.

So let’s cut to the chase — who caused the government to shut down?

Is it the president because he finally got a Congress to pass the Affordable Healthcare Act without one Republican vote when Democrats were in the majority in both houses of Congress? Is he at fault for trying to help people afford health care?

Of course not. It’s those in Congress who can’t stand that a law was passed that the Supreme Court ruled was constitutional, but that they don’t like — or the fact that most every American citizen will have access to health care they can afford.

That’s a no-no for extremist Republicans who have caused this shutdown. That is the truth.

SAUL P. HELLER

Salem

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