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The rampant controversy over the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare by those who opposed it, reminds me of another heated controversy that took place in Pennsylvania a long time ago. The Act of 1834, passed by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, provided for the organization of a system of free common schools. …
These principles angered a great many people. First, some asked why they should be taxed to educate poor children when the poor were failing because of their own indolence. …
This history points out that truly important legislation that has wide impact is frequently very controversial, particularly when it has broad economic and social consequences. Such is the case with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The act has passed and become law. Now is the time to address the many details of this complicated piece of legislation, assess its overall effect on our society and make changes as may be necessary. To repeal the act at this point may be much like repealing the common school law of 1834."
WILLIAM G. SESLER, an Erie lawyer, is a former Democratic state senator (via erienews)
McKee’s Rocks, PA - November 2013