There is a saying that doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. That axiom definitely applies to U.S. House Republicans. They have voted 41 times to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare,, and they are about to do the same for a 42nd time. This time, they are going to demand that Obamacare be defunded or they will try to force a government shutdown.


I remember when the Republicans forced a government shutdown in 1995, and they paid a heavy price in the mid term elections in 1996.


Apparently, they have a very short memory. Fortunately, there are a few sane Republicans in the House, and they are doing what they can to dissuade their colleagues from pursuing this disastrous plan.


On another note, I would like to commend the publisher of the Aiken Standard for publishing Michele Singletary’s columns. Singletary does a very good job of explaining the various provisions of Obamacare, and how citizens can access the exchanges to search for affordable insurance.


The type of information that Singletary and others are providing to the general public is critical to countering the distortions and misinformation that the Republicans have been peddling since 2010.


I recently heard a Congressman from Louisiana on CNN say insurance premiums in his state are projected to increase by 400 percent as a result of Obamacare. This misinformation is the reason that so many in the general public are confused about Obamacare.


Obamacare is the law of the land, and the Supreme Court has confirmed its constitutionality. Families are already benefiting from this law, and as it is implemented more widely, I believe that more families will see its benefits.


Moses Mims


Aiken