Re "In health care debate, the numbers say a lot" (Dan Morain, Forum, Oct. 13): The piece claimed opposition of the Affordable Care Act can be attributed to a jurisdiction's majority political party. As the article points out, gerrymandering in states such as Texas allows its politicians to hold extreme partisan views without considering the voice of their uninsured populace.
Ironically, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tex., opposes ACA in a state with the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation. Politicians who speak on behalf of their constituents, 25 percent of whom are uninsured, should reconsider their stance on a policy that would impact more than 6.5 million people.
Redistricting would diversify the populace, allow the majority opinion to surface and force politicians to support policy that is in the best interest of their jurisdiction and not their political party. Only then would decisions regarding ACA represent the opinion of constituents and not partisan political mathematicians.
-- Lindsay Kennedy, Berkeley