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posted: 2/16/2013 5:00 AM

Health care law infringing on rights

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I am not and never have been a smoker, but I was alarmed to read in the newspaper how the Affordable Care Act can wind up costing older smokers between $4,000 and $5,000 a year for insurance. If you think that's OK then you better reconsider your thoughts.

What about those who drink? Quite often excessive drinking causes liver ailments. What about unhealthy eating that leads to obesity, heart disease and diabetes? Shouldn't all those people also have to pay much higher premiums than those of us who eat right and exercise? But then will we still live in the "land of the free"?

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Thomas Jefferson warned a long time ago about letting government get too powerful, and here we are letting it happen. Wake up, America, before it's too late. Bit by bit we are allowing government to usurp our rights, the rights that our Founders came to this country to get because they had lost them in their homelands.

Janet Lumm

Schaumburg

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