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posted: 3/9/2014 5:01 AM

GOP tycoons lacking a winning strategy

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According to columnist Gene Lyons (March 2), the false claims about the Affordable Care Act that Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers are spreading is really about rallying the Republican base against Democrats in upcoming elections. So in order to rally the Republican base, the Koch brothers and other anti-government tycoons must resort to spreading lies about a law that will bring much-needed health care to millions of uninsured people.

Somehow this does not sound like a good strategy to win elections. But then again I am not a savvy, billionaire investor like the Kochs.

Mr. Lyons correctly admits that the ACA is here to stay, like it or not. Yet he still tries to defend the Koch Brothers' strategy that repealing the ACA is not the point, but it is for inflaming the GOP base. I would agree with Mr. Lyons if he is referring to "base" as Merriam-Webster defines it: the bottom or lowest part of something.

Keith A. Moens

Arlington Heights

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