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Unsubstantiated claim

By From page A8 | February 19, 2013

To support his pro-gun, anti-Obama stance, Murray Bass wrote in a recent letter (Feb. 6, “Common sense or nonsense?”), “President Barack Obama has authorized legislation (in the Affordable Care Act) to create a million-person armed nonmilitary organization.”

That is a startling claim. It is strange that I never heard it mentioned in all the coverage of the Affordable Care Act debates on network television news and I did not read about it in AP stories in the newspaper. I am not aware that it was even covered on FOX news.

Therefore, I challenge Mr. Bass to be more specific in his claim. What specific section of the Affordable Care Act allows for the creation of a million-person “armed” nonmilitary organization?

Charles McLaughlin

Fairfield

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 19, 2013 - 6:15 am

    FOX-isms. Assertions such as proposed by Mr. Bass come from an inherent flaw in the thinking process of Conservative Republicans and stories presented by those whom they follow. “Obama was proposing strengthening the Peace Corps, Americorps, the USA Freedom Corps and the ranks of the State Department’s foreign service officers.” The new law in the ACA is to aid the Public Health Service by adding a large number of personnel to be available for emergencies. This was not difficult to find but the FOX/GOP machine has diluted the minds of their minions and those folks have never found a need to research. But they love to shoot the messenger!

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  • Mike KirchubelFebruary 19, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Or maybe he was thinking of Geoge W. Bush's Patriot Act or Homeland Security Act and decided that since they were so unconstitutional, they only could have come from Obama.

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  • G-ManFebruary 19, 2013 - 10:03 pm

    Yeah T-Skirt unconstitutional..like killing an American citizen w/o due process vis a vis drone strikes...there's 2700 pgs to the ACA..our lawmakers didn't read them all..maybe you mouth breathers missed some things too.

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  • Mike kirchubelFebruary 19, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    Gary, You sure you're posting on the right article?

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  • G-ManFebruary 20, 2013 - 3:27 am

    @Kirchubel...Who can say Mike?..Sometimes my elevator doesn't go to the Penthouse..I believe in this case I was posting to your post..ah well small thread in the tapestry of life..

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  • bobdawgFebruary 19, 2013 - 11:36 pm

    Try reading section5210 and section203. It does not say medical and they don't have to take an oath to the constitution. They can be what ever the president wants them to be.

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  • rlw895February 20, 2013 - 12:16 am

    Yeah, like an oath is going to matter under your conspiracy theory. We do have to trust our presidents not to try to take over the country. It’s not exactly misplaced trust. We have perhaps the world’s most effective vetting system, called free speech and elections. Other than that, we have checks & balances and public expectations and demands that all public officials comply with the law. That is, we have that in a Nation of Virtue. Do we qualify anymore? The evidence of Obama creating a secret army is bogus, right out of Star Wars; all you have to do is fact check it and trust that your Internet sources are not in on the conspiracy too. But you probably do. At some point your alternative reality starts to crumble under sheer improbability.

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