Ehrlich's class warfare tactics [Letter]

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s blatant contempt for poor and minority American voters was never clearer than in his recent column ("Obamacare hurts more than helps," March 16). He took a page out of the playbook of past demagogic politicians who hoped to divide Americans when he wrote:

"Give credit where credit is due — the president promised a new era of transparency; this convenient political maneuver intended to protect vulnerable Democrats couldn't be more obvious."

The shrill "dog whistle politics," that Ian Haney López recently described in his insightful book by the same title could never have been clearer. I have met Mr. Ehrlich. He is a decent man. However, his words smack of the race and class warfare hidden behind his elitist economic agenda.

Mr. Ehrlich seems to forget that in 2008, Barack Obama was swept into office on the position that all Americans have a basic human right to access to health care when they need it. A bipartisan Congress killed that dream. They called "single payer" plans socialist despite their success in other industrialized countries.

President Obama tried to compromise in good faith. That compromise gave Americans Obamacare as an alternative. To argue that, "The sooner Obamacare goes away, the quicker people of good faith on both sides of the aisle can collaborate on solutions that work," now rings hollow.

Frank Passaro

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