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Letter to the Editor: Republicans have gone further to the right

I disagree with Debra Saunders’ column, in which she claims President Barack Obama has moved the Democratic party to the far left when, in fact, it is the Republicans who have become more extreme.

An example of Obama taking a centrist position to gain bipartisan support is with the individual mandate in Obamacare, which was originally a conservative idea proposed by the Heritage Foundation in 1989. Republicans introduced health care bills that contained the mandate in 1993. Obama included it in Obamacare believing that Republicans would support it as they did in the past, but the GOP reversed their position and now challenge the constitutionality of what was previously their own idea. This is an illustration of how the conservatives have moved farther to the right, not of Obama pushing extreme liberal ideas.

Linda McLennan

South Lake Tahoe

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