ROSE NOLEN: Obama and his health care plan are part of our lives. Deal with it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Ultimately, I guess people of goodwill are going to have to speak up. Back in 1964, when the battle for civil rights was finally won, I thought the fight was over.

I’m not one who likes to get involved in street fights. I prefer not to call people names. I believe in saying what needs to be said in a respectful manner. Obviously, I would rather disagree without becoming disagreeable.

Today, many people have complaints about the Affordable Health Care Plan. That’s the name of it, and that’s what it needs to be called. Not Obamacare. Those who disagree have the right not to use it.

Still, the health care plan and the president have become personal enemies to some, and they are having a hard time getting over it.

Even though millions have chosen to make the Affordable Health Care Plan a part of their lives, many would like to repeal it. The way it looks now, the health care plan will probably remain in our lives.

Those who disagree will probably have to get over it and move on.

Barack Obama is the first African-American president in our history. While most Americans seem to have accepted the president as he is, many still seem to resent the fact that he is a member of African-American society.

A few years ago our president was George W. Bush. He was our president for eight years. Some people agreed with him and some didn’t, and life went on. The same will be true of our present leader.

Within a few short months it will be time again for us to elect a new leader. It’s not too early for people to begin to consider who that will be.

In the meantime, the rest of us can concentrate on our present leader. We can hope to work on establishing a new minimum wage. We are tired and worn out from trying to make our ends meet.

Furthermore, it’s time we worked on a plan for immigration. There are millions of people on our shores for whom we need to find a way for them to become citizens.

We cannot stop working to make our country a better place to live for the next generation. We have to use every minute and every hour to improve our world. We cannot waste time on dead ideas.

For many years, political leaders have worked to have every American covered by a health plan. So far, the Affordable Health Care Plan seems to be working. Let’s give it a chance.

We can fight anytime.

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Ellis Smith April 8, 2014 | 7:21 a.m.

"Back in 1964, when the battle for civil rights was finally won..."

Rose, you might get some argument from present day minority groups as to whether that battle has been entirely won.

Since you specifically mention the year 1964, here is a quote from the presidential candidate who LOST that election:

"You can legislate civil rights but you cannot legislate racial tolerance."

Barry Goldwater was (if memory serves) a second generation Episcopalian from a commercial family who converted to Christianity from Judiasm. (Goldwater = Geldwasser [German]). Have we established civil rights AND ended intolerance toward Jews? Some of us dispute that Jews are a race, Hitler's opinion notwithstanding.

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