To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I just could not let Jim Massery’s March 28 letter go without a rebuttal ("Victim of hijacked health system.")

I have known Jim for many years and he is a great guy and a deeply committed family man, but being an extreme conservative he lets politics get in the way of good judgment. For him to blame the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the North Adams Regional Hospital closing could not be further from the truth.

The NARH had filed for bankruptcy back in 2011 long before the existence of ACA. As a matter of fact Massachusetts’ universal health care law under then-Governor Mitt Romney has been the law for nearly 10 years. It is an exact image of Obama’s ACA.

Jim complains that no American voted on that bill. True. The same thing happened when Congress voted against a gun law that would allow deeper background checks when trying to obtain a weapon. Although polls showed that 75 percent of Americans were in favor of this law, no American voted for it.

Why doesn’t he ask the Koch brothers to, instead of spending millions buying politicians, pump $30 or $40 million into NARH where it would do a whole community a lot of good?

MICHAEL MESSINA

Pittsfield


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