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Look at Kentucky; Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving

To The Daily Sun,

Obamacare has become a true albatross around the neck of the Democratic Party. Not only did Democrats lose the House and Senate after its passage, but a Democratic governor has become as scarce as a $2 bill. In 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected, Democrats held governorships in 29 states out of 50. The number today is 17 out of 50. Some could argue such a rapid decline in state power is the result of the failed Obama economy. Either way, Obama and Obamacare have been kryptonite to Democrats, and a death wish to Americas hard working, middle class.

Anyone thinking the popularity of the Tea Party's message has declined needs to consider last Tuesday's governors election in Kentucky. The winner, republican Matt Bevin focused his election message on the disaster Obama's signature legislation has been for the residents of Kentucky.

Kentucky's results also proves yet again the ongoing fantasy regarding the Citizens-United Supreme Court decision Democrats scream it puts them at a fund raising disadvantage. The Democratic nominee, who lost, Jack Conway, outspent his Republican rival by more than $3 million. Once again, it is the Democrat, not the Republican discovered to be the one spending the most money to influence an election outcome.

The national media made Kentucky into another showdown referendum over Obamacare. Democrats tried to kick back, shouting the great job the current Democratic governor had done in opening the state flood gates to Medicaid and setting up a state exchange called KYnect. Mainstream voters didn't echo their feelings. It is easy to understand why.

Forty percent of all Kentucky hospitals had to cut services because of out-of-control Medicaid costs. Tens of thousands of Kentucky residents were forced from plans they liked into more expensive ones. They were the plans Obama promised they could keep, but couldn't. To add more salt to the wound, KYnects premiums are rising double digits for 2016. If that were not enough to sink the Democrat the largest Obamacare exchange provider in Kentucky imploded in October suddenly leaving 51,000 Kentuckians without health insurance.

Democrats bet public anger regarding their hijacking of the American health care system would would fade with time. But five years after Obamacare's passage, and two years past its farcical, $7 billion, three stooges roll-out, opposition is as intense as ever. Bevin ran on a platform of closing KYnect and turning the Obamacare health mess back to the federal exchange while limiting Medicaid expansion that is bankrupting hospitals and taxpayers in Kentucky.

For only the second time in the past 44 years Kentucky will soon have a Republican governor. Thank you Obamacare, the gift that never stops giving — to the Republican Party.

Tony Boutin

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Hillary Clinton has tireless commitment to fighting for all of us

To The Daily Sun,

Though we are still 100 days away from the New Hampshire Primary, I have already spent months deliberating on who I will support when I finally enter the ballot box on Feb. 9. On the one hand I appreciate what Bernie Sanders has brought to our primary process. He has invigorated the Democratic base and raised awareness nationwide on important issues.

Yet, in this age of polarized politics and an obstructionist Congress, I think Hillary Clinton is the candidate best equipped to achieve real change on the biggest problems in our country. Not only do we hold similar views on a broad range of issues, but as she noted in the first Democratic debate, she is a progressive who gets things done. Her record of success in passing bills and her ability to work with those who hold differing views would be vital in bridging the gap that currently plagues our political system.

With that in mind, I sat down to watch the congressional hearing on Benghazi in the hope that it might further clarify my decision. And after watching Hillary's measured and intelligent responses in the face of 11 hours of partisan grilling, it was clear to me that Hillary Clinton should be the Democratic nominee we choose to face off against the Republicans come November.

Throughout that marathon session, Hillary demonstrated incredible stamina, knowledge, and respect — for the questioners, the Foreign Service, and the sacrifice made by four individuals who lost their lives. Her account of the tragic events of the night three years ago was moving and emotional, and it was clear that to this day she feels deeply for the losses our diplomatic corps suffered. And despite the personal and often incoherent attacks leveled by the Republicans on the committee, Hillary never lost her composure.

In fact, she was most heated when speaking out in defense of others, particularly former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, who was not even present to defend himself. Her fervor, commitment, and loyalty to others makes me feel confident she will use those qualities to defend the middle class and our vulnerable citizens as president.

Hillary's said it herself many times. She's not running for her husband's third term or Obama's third term; she's running for her first term. She has a record of leadership, a clear vision for the country, and a tireless commitment to fighting for all of us. She is without a doubt the most qualified candidate on either side of the aisle, and I am proud to endorse her for the Democratic nomination for president.

Martha Richards


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