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Letter: We must start our discussions with facts

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In reading the letter from Jonnie Adams ("Our republic is being dismantled before our eyes," Jan. 13 issue), I see clearly why we have so much difficulty finding solutions to our national problems. We are arguing about issues that do not exist. How can we, as a nation, come to any solution if we start our discussion based on falsehoods? It’s like asking, "Why does the chicken cross the road?" when the chicken is a duck.

There are five assertions in the letter regarding the Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly known as the health care law. All five assertions are incorrect.

There is no provision in the law to "set doctor’s fees." It is simply not part of the law.

The letter claims the government will "impose a prohibition on hospital expansion." For years, state law in Virginia has prohibited hospital expansion without approval from the Virginia Department of Health. This is not part of the new feder...

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