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Take info coming from obviously biased sources for what it is

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To The Daily Sun,

I am a firm believer in freedom of choice and thought. I know that thoughtful individuals come to different conclusions on issues of the day, and I respect the value of individuals' opinions.
But I feel strongly that conclusions should be drawn from unbiased, fact-based sources. In his recent letter, Mr. Ewing based his conclusions on a very biased source: The Free Beacon is the online publication of the Center for American Freedom. The Center for American Freedom, a non-profit group, states its mission is to "to transform conservative ideas into policy." Their "reporting" cannot be treated as fact, but rather as conservative-based opinion.
Non-political, unbiased think tanks abound in our country, giving us all plenty of information on which to base our opinions. Among them is the Kaiser Family Foundation that recently found that 51 percent of the public and 67 percent of the uninsured population want more factual information on Obamacare instead of political posturing. Kaiser also found, regardless of the person's position on Obamacare, 56 percent of the public disapprove of cutting funding for the program.
To address just one of Mr. Ewing's contentions on the effect of Obamacare on the economy, I defer to two economists: Karen Davis of the Commonwealth Fund and David Cutter of Harvard. They anticipate that Obamacare will create an estimated one-half trillion dollar cut in health care spending, in part by employers, over the next 10 years. That sounds, to me, like an economic boost.
Mr. Ewing and I can agree, I hope, to disagree. But I urge him to find more even-handed sources upon which to base his views.
Kate Miller