Making the most of a controversial ruling

Posted: July 07, 2012

My Dear Fellow American:

The U.S. Supreme Court's (historic/activist) decision to uphold (the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare) is but a temporary (victory/setback) in our long fight (for access to health care/against government intrusion) in (America/the marketplace).

The law that the Supreme Court upheld last week will mean that scores of (uninsured/reluctant) Americans will be (covered/forced to participate) in a system that delivers the kind of (care/costs) that the rest of the (civilized/socialistic) countries of the world already (enjoy/are saddled with).

(Unfortunately/Fortunately), the Supreme Court's decision won't be the last word on this (triumph/travesty) of justice. There are already (sinister forces/courageous voices) who are prepared to take this battle to Congress, which can (subvert/stop) the health-care law through (vindictive/corrective) legislative action.

Can I count on you to stand with me to (protect/kill) this (noble/un-American) law?

The Supreme Court's ruling just means that the stakes have never been higher for the coming election. And I will need all the help I can get to fight the kind of money that (Karl Rove and the Koch brothers/George Soros and the Hollywood elite) will be shoveling at my opponent.

I can guarantee you that I will be targeted by super-PACs firmly aligned with the forces of (greed/collectivism), and they will do everything in their power to keep me from (guarding/repealing) this (vital/destructive) law.

But I assure you that I love this country too much to see it torn apart by those who want to deny the (needs/rights) of the (most vulnerable/job creators) among us. We didn't get to be (a great nation/the greatest nation on Earth) by (turning our backs on/taxing) the people who could afford it the least.

Just the other day, I was talking with a hardworking (mom/small-business owner) who told me that because of the health-care law, (she can't be denied access to health insurance because of her preexisting medical condition/he can't afford to keep all his workers because of minimal essential insurance requirements).

And I'll never forget that frail grandmother I met the other day. She grasped me firmly by my hand, looked me squarely in the eyes, and said, "(Please don't let them open that doughnut hole on my prescription coverage/Please don't make my grandson have to pay for insurance he doesn't want to buy)!"

It's stories like these that make me want to fight (for/against) this law. But I can't do it alone.

I need your help. Your cash donations to my campaign are a way for you to have a voice on this issue.

If you send me as little as ($3/$100) in the next 24 hours, you will receive one of my bumper stickers and be entered in a drawing for an autographed photo of (President Obama/President Reagan).

And if you can bundle contributions from your friends in the amount of ($100/$1,000) or more, I will be happy to visit your (home/country club), where we can further discuss the (beneficial/expensive) consequences of this law.

Frank Cerabino writes for the Palm Beach Post. He can be reached at

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