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The following article was posted on May 17th, 2017, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 18, Issue 11 [ Submit a Story ]
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Argue the facts

By Michael Smith - Santa Maria

Taking his cue from the man in the White House, Richard W. Neufeld opens his rebuttal (“Obamacare needs to go,” May 11) to my May 4 letter (“Trump’s an underachiever”) with an ad hominem attack suggesting I live in “La La Land” (of course, if that’s the place where Emma Stone lives, take me there). That’s Trump’s go-to strategy to levy derogatory names and slogans on his political opponents. Remember Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted, or Crooked Hillary? Neufeld goes on to refute zero of my facts about the recent political past.

I stated that many economists believed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in 2009 helped mitigate the effects of the Great Recession. In a 2014 survey of the nation’s top economic minds, including Republicans, Democrats, and independents, by the non-partisan Initiative on Global Markets, 80 percent of those economists agreed Obama’s stimulus lowered unemployment and boosted the economy.

Likewise, I stated the economy inherited by Trump continues to produce jobs, a fact even the president has touted in a recent advertisement, saying he has helped create 500,000 jobs in his first three months in office (he had previously scoffed that such gains were “fake news” when Obama was in office). I also pointed out that recent numbers by the U.S Census Bureau showed median household income had grown by more than 5 percent between 2014 and 2015, the largest one year gain in real income since 1968.

These facts are irrefutable. In fact, under Obama, nearly 11 million jobs were created, an astonishing number considering the previous Republican administration left behind an economy that shed nearly 3 million jobs in 2008 alone. Moreover, the average American’s buying power increased during Obama’s tenure and the number of people without health insurance decreased by 16.5 million.

Finally, I suggested that the Republican Party was far too divided to repeal and replace Obamacare, and I stand by that despite the recent House of Representatives’ passage of the American Healthcare Act (by four votes). The House bill will most certainly be shredded by the Senate, and I suspect the final product will retain much of the Medicaid money cut by the House and will undoubtedly maintain the mandate for insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

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