Really? Your editorial of June 26 regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 left me amazed and disappointed that you would include the nonsense that circulates on the Internet as part of your otherwise sensible editorial.

Your editorial said, in part, “Then-Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, famously said to pass the bill and read it later.”

If you can, please inform us where you found this quote. I doubt you will find it.

But a 30-second Google search would have found what the senator did say. Here it is:

“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention — it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

Before you now start talking about “Obamacare” death panels or any of the other misinformation which circulates regarding this issue, take a minute and check the facts.

Your editorial rightly noted the reasoning of the Supreme Court of the United States in upholding the ACA. Whether you or I agree on its wisdom is the stuff of reasoned and fact-based discussion, not a reliance on Fox News or postings on Facebook.

George Cotton


Baton Rouge