Regarding the Nov. 11 column “Death by typo”: When is a law not a law? Apparently when the current administration, Paul Krugman and The News & Observer say so.
President Obama’s signature legislation is dangling by the thread of sloppily written and vetted wording. Incompetence and deviousness are being defended as a mere slip, a typo, pretend it’s not there, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Meanwhile, a prime architect of the law admits the disputed wording was intentional to bully states into opening exchanges. Unfortunately, all the folks who were sucked into the whirling blades of the Affordable Care Act are going to suffer either way.
If ever a law is ruled by a court to mean more than or less than what it clearly states, it calls all law into question. Legislation should be written clearly so that its scope and meaning are clear enough for the average person to understand and be thoroughly vetted before approval. It is too important to preserve the rule of law as the governing principle of this country to allow this a free pass without requiring corrections be made in accordance with the Constitution.
It will take a lot of double talk to bury this fiasco.
Robert L. Porreca, Hillsborough