Re "GOP, Boehner vow federal shutdown out of mere spite" (Editorials, Sept. 19): For almost 30 years, I was employed in the finance department at a hospital in the Monterey Bay area and had an interest in the funding and provision of healthcare, including lifetime maximums, pre-existing condition denials, and, particularly, non-reimbursed emergency treatments.
I realized that my congressman, Tom McClintock, supports the cancellation of the Affordable Care Act, so I called his Washington office and asked what McClintock's alternative would be if his party were successful in their efforts.
"Nothing," was the response from McClintock's aide. As far as he is concerned, hospitals can close, and his constituents can go without healthcare. He can take his pension and ride off into the sunset. That wouldn't bother me one bit.
-- Bill Meacham, Rocklin