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We've been duped by great sounding program names for a long time

To The Daily Sun,

We shouldn't be so quick to judge our elected officials on their voting record. I have been aware that someone writes a bill and then others barter and bargain to get amendments added to it that have nothing to do with the subject of the original bill. But I never gave it much thought until all the discussion regarding the Affordable Health Care Act.

Recently an ad mentioned voting against background checks for gun purchase, and like many of you I thought "who wouldn't be for background checks; what's the harm?" Then I thought back to all the times we have criticized elected officials for not voting for something that sounds so harmless.

When it comes to "naming" a bill, I have discovered that many times the name has nothing to do with the majority of the content of the bill. Affordable Health Care was really about insurance reform and sadly, today, we know there isn't much that's affordable about it. Yes, some have coverage that didn't before, but many couldn't keep their doctors or their insurance plan, illegal immigrants are eligible for this health care despite our president saying that would never happen. Most did not save $2,500; high deductibles are the only way you can afford coverage and you have to pay all the deductible before the insurance company pays out anything. And who is helping pay for those who can't afford the coverage? You, the taxpayer, who was paying for it before this monstrosity of a bill. The name of the bill sounded great and we criticized elected officials who didn't vote for it, but the architect of this bill, Johathan Gruber, told us exactly how we were duped into believing.

I've seen proposals for increased background checks in many states and heard it debated at the national level. And after incidences like Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando who could possibly be against such a simple measure that might make some difference? Again, it is in the naming of the bill and the content and if your particular elected official has voted against such a measure, the most prudent thing you can do is get a copy of the bill and really look at it. Most I have seen would require a background check before a father could his son a rifle either passed down or new as a gift. I'm sure this was not the intent, but it is in the language.

The American people have been duped by great sounding names and programs for a long time. I am not saying some really great things have not come from our elected officials over the years. Before we criticize, we should become informed. And if you think, "Oh, they really don't mean that," remember there are lawyers out there that can manipulate the laws better and quicker than any chiropractor can fix your back.

Althea Dunscombe
Center Harbor

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Learn where candidates stand on critical cancer-related issues

Do The Daily Sun,

Many important decisions about cancer are made not just in the doctor's office, but also in Congress. Lawmakers make decisions every day about health issues that affect your life as was noted in last night's presidential debate. And as a cancer survivor and advocate, I know even more first-hand how important these decisions are to people here in New Hampshire.

Cancer will kill an estimated 2,770 people in the Granite State this year. According to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaborative Plan (2015), "Since 2005, cancer has been the leading cause of death overtaking heart disease, and it accounts for approximately 25 percent of all deaths in New Hampshire" (see The candidates we elect into office have the power to fund groundbreaking research and enact policies that help people prevent and fight cancer.

This election season, I want to hear what the candidates have to say on health care issues that impact New Hampshire and, specifically, cancer survivors and their families. Join my efforts by visiting to learn where U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan stand on critical cancer issues.

Cancer touches everyone — one out of two men and one out of three women will get a cancer diagnosis at some point in their life. The candidates need to rise above partisan politics and talk about how they plan to save lives and make cancer a priority.

Dr. Meagan Shedd, Volunteer

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

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