To the Editor: From reading your "Victory for Perspective: Cops Make Shots Count," Nov. 13 Razzle Dazzle, one would think Bernie Sanders headed the Democratic ticket.
While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not perfect on law-enforcement issues, neither are Republicans who blindly defend all cops. As she said, "Before the election, I offered to help every single swing-district Democrat with their operation. And every single one of them, but five, refused my help. And all five of the vulnerable or swing district people that I helped secured victory or are on a path to victory. And every single one who rejected my help is losing."
Now how is it that Ocasio-Cortez easily beat her Republican opponent? Maybe because historically low crime rates, despite recent increases, don't scare people as much as losing their health coverage. That will happen to 20 million people if Obamacare is eliminated without a replacement.
I don't understand how any Trump supporter or Republican would support that when no substitute has been offered by Trump or any other Republican.
Your Oct. 23 editorial endorsing Biden was mostly good. But you, from your usual centrist bias, stated that Biden's positions were to the "chagrin of some at the left end of the Democratic party."
Considering that fracking has harmed the health of residents in areas where it's been done, should the left be quiet about that?
Biden proposes adding a public option to Obamacare. But it's not the same public option proposed by candidate Barack Obama and then abandoned when he became president. It would be limited to those who qualify for Medicaid, which is already a public option for the very poor. Most poor people make too much money to qualify for it.
You write, "Mr. Biden, mindful of concerns of many citizens, particularly those with union health plans, is declining to embrace Medicare for All." If the United States embraces what most developed countries have—a government-funded system which covers everyone's medical needs without the worry of medical bills—just what are union members losing?
As a retired transit worker, one of the few good things I can say about former TWU President Roger Toussaint is that he got health coverage extended for early retirees to cover us until we are eligible for Medicare.
Would I complain if Medicare was expanded to equal what other countries have, where it covers everything? Then nobody would have to buy Medicare Advantage plans to supplement their coverage.
Also, job health plans, union or not, are lost when a worker leaves or is fired from his or her job.
Centrists believe everything can be a compromise and that compromises should be done with the right, not the left. The late Hubert Humphrey, who served as a Senator before and after he was Vice President, said, "I would rather get half a loaf than no loaf at all."
Today's Democrats settle for crumbs.
Retired transit worker
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