November 19, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not Just the Koch Brothers

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To the Editor:

Re: “GUEST ROOM: Money Doesn’t Talk, It Whispers,” Opinion, Nov.  19

David Brotz ’18 argues that Democrats would “be wise to begin to examine the exploitation of avenues through which conservative activists are trying to undermine … The Affordable Care Act,” and specifically fingers the Koch Brothers as culprits.

Perhaps Mr. Brotz would be wiser to examine the specific way the Affordable Care Act’s architects (specifically Jonathan Gruber), prevented transparency about the act from reaching the American public. According to The Wall Street Journal, “[it] ‘would not have passed’ had Democrats been honest about the income redistribution policies embedded in its insurance regulations.”

Concerning oneself with transparency only when it involves the Koch brothers and their kind is believing the pendulum swings only one way. I can’t help but think the midterm elections were partially the result of this type of muddled thinking.

— Matt Gottlieb grad