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Opinion Letters

Editor’s note: A letter that appeared in last week’s issue listed certain line items in the Affordable Care Act. The line item criticisms began to be circulated around the internet in 2009 and refer to a version of the health care bill that was never passed by Congress. A few sites to visit: PolitiFact.com; Snopes.com or Factcheck.org or read through the bill yourself at www.gpo.gov.

I was a bit taken aback reading a letter to the editor from Marshall Miller regarding the Affordable Care Act. There were several outrageous parts of the bill that I couldn't believe were true. So, I went to the bill, readily available on the internet at www.gpo.gov. I found nothing resembling the comments made by page or line, or otherwise.

So, I googled Judge Kithil, the alleged originator of this information. Surprise, Surprise! I was led to www.snopes.com who confirmed that this “information” was nonsense and originated in an email that began circulating in 2009.

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Editor’s note: A letter that appeared in last week’s issue listed certain line items in the Affordable Care Act. The line item criticisms began to be circulated around the internet in 2009 and refer to a version of the health care bill that was never passed by Congress. A few sites to visit: PolitiFact.com; Snopes.com or Factcheck.org or read through the bill yourself at www.gpo.gov.

This is in response to Mr. Marshall Miller’s letter of Oct. 24, which is shot through with inaccuracies, misleading statements, and just plain lies. Mr. Miller is a conservative blogger, and like so many conservatives who will do anything in their power to hamper Obamacare, instead of offering their own solution for a broken medical system, decide the next best tactic is to just throw statements out there, and hope some of them stick.

So, let’s summarize Mr. Miller’s claim and see what the bill really says.

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Editor’s note: A letter that appeared in last week’s issue listed certain line items in the Affordable Care Act. The line item criticisms began to be circulated around the internet in 2009 and refer to a version of the health care bill that was never passed by Congress. A few sites to visit: PolitiFact.com; Snopes.com or Factcheck.org or read through the bill yourself at www.gpo.gov.

As I was reading the letter to the editor from Oct. 24 entitled What's really in the bill is 'scary', I was ready to write my congressmen and complain because I was really concerned about what I was reading. Before doing so, however, I decided to look at the Affordable Care Act (which was the bill referenced in the title), also known as Obamacare, and check it out for myself.

Page numbers were given for each of the "scary" items listed in the letter to the editor. However, when I went to the document none of those "scary" parts were on the pages listed.

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Franklin voters have an opportunity on Nov. 5 to make a difference, and to change the method of achieving results so that Franklin will have the opportunity to engage youthful business ideas in the growth and prosperity of the town.

I am a seventh generation Maconian and even though I can not vote because I do not live within the city limits, I have a vested interest in the direction that the soon-to-be elected mayor and aldermen will take the town of Franklin. I am a product of Macon County Public Schools and Western Carolina University. After college graduation I moved away to secure a job in the field of education. Knowing that someday I would move back to the area, I continued to keep in touch with the "goings on" in Franklin and Macon County. With the use of the internet I have endeavored to read The Franklin Press and The Macon News on a weekly basis and form my opinions.

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