Force change; exercise your right to vote

Published 11:19 am Monday, July 2, 2012

As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court released word of its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s controversial health care measure, state and local politicians went on the attack.

Press releases from the Shelby County GOP, the governor, the attorney general, U.S. senators and representatives, among others, flooded our email inboxes here at the Reporter.

Without fail, every public servant we heard from railed against the Supreme Court’s decision and the health care law, derisively referred to as “ObamaCare.”

Each of them called for voters to support a movement to repeal the law, which will now be quite difficult.

Shelby County GOP Chairman Freddy Ard said it best and most plainly: “…A change in the balance of Congress, specifically in the Senate, is imperative in the 2012 election. Americans can afford nothing less in this election than a Republican super-majority in both houses and a new Republican president, (Mitt) Romney.”

Ard is exactly right. For the health care measure’s detractors to have a prayer of seeing the law repealed, voters against the mandate must step up in great numbers during the national and state elections this November.

A Republican majority will be essential in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, and Mitt Romney must be seated in the Oval Office to bring about any change.

For our readers of voting age, remember: Decisions are made by those who show up. If you want to see a repeal of the health care law, at the very least, get out and vote.

If you’re passionate about revoking the law and want to do more, contact your representatives in the state or national legislatures or the Shelby County GOP at 994-6497.

Conversely, if you support the health care law, call your representatives and let them know. There’s room for all viewpoints in this debate.

The We Say is the opinion of the Shelby County Reporter editorial board.