Jackson Ripley, 12, Writes Letter to Mitt Romney, Says His Plan For America "Isn't What We Need"

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Jackson Ripley won't get to personally vote in a U.S. presidential election until 2020, but he's got some pretty strong opinions on the one coming up in 2012.

The 12-year-old from Colorado was watching political news coverage with his mom about pre-existing health care when he decided to write a letter about it.

A letter to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Jackson Ripley

Ripley ripped the former Massachusetts Governor not over his 47 percent comments, but his ever-changing health care stance and whether he actually will or won't repeal Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act, if elected president.

Citing contradicting statements from Romney on Meet the Press and the Tonight Show, the adolescent also describes the plight of his little sister, Kennedy.

It is Kennedy's pre-existing conditions that have Jackson spooked by President Obama's challenger, who he also criticizes for his stances on gay and women's rights.

Voting age or not, Ripley's mind is made up. Read Jackson's full letter to Mitt Romney, spelling and grammar and formatting unchanged, after the jump ...

Dear Governor Romney,

I’d like to say congratulations on winning the republican nomination. But, I wish you stayed in Massachusetts. You’re plan for America isn’t what we need, and would hurt us more than it would help.

First, repealing Obama care and other health plans he’s put in place have helped families across America, including mine. I live in a middle class family, and two years ago my little sister; Kennedy was denied insurance because of her pre-existing condition. This was a huge emotional stress and financial burden on my entire family. Under Obama Care, insurance companies can no longer deny Kennedy and kids like her, the coverage they need and deserve. Because of Obama care my little sister was able to have the several surgeries she needed that helped save her life. Once the President was elected he put Obama Care into action, just like he promised and made it so that you could get insurance with pre-existing conditions. This has made a direct impact on my family. My family is with out a doubt better off now, than we were four years ago!

It is to my understanding that you stated that you were going to repeal Obama Care, including the part I have mentioned, which will take away the insurance we have and need for my sister Kennedy. Why do you think she doesn’t deserve health care? Also, when you were interviewed on “Meet the Press”, you stated that you would NOT repeal this part of Obama Care, but then your campaign backpedalled and on the “Tonight show with Jay Leno”, you said that you WOULD repeal this.

Also, you’re domestic plans (birth control, gay rights etc.) are horrible! Women should get to manage their own health, and if you wonder why you’re not appealing to many women voters, rethink your birth control and women’s’ rights plans. And people should be able to marry whom they want. We built this country so people could have freedom, and not have religious beliefs control them to that length. This country was in no way built on any religion, so we should not create laws that repress the American people in a religious way and hurt our most vulnerable.

Jackson Ripley, age 12


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well written and spoken.you will one day become president


Have u been to ANY U.S. school lately? U don't think 12 yr olds know about drinking or smoking? U don't think they know what a abortion or gay person is? What century are u living in? That kid can damn well have an opinion on all of those things. The biggest opinion he has is on obamacare and u know why? Because he was directly helped by a clause in it so u can get mad all u want because someone actually benefited from obamacare but saying a 12 yr old can have no opinion on various subjects makes u look like a closed minded old hag! If that kid held ur opinions u would be praising the shit out of him. Fake ass!


Well... I would certainly hope so! If he was my child I would not hide behind him! What a tacky way to make a point! Old enough to make his own decisions? Like drinking smoking, abortion, gay marriage! You are an ignorant ass! It's a disgrace to put a child on that platform! Damn democrats will do anything!


This is somebody child, dumbass! He is old enough to make his own decision. Some of you all wouldn't believe how smart kids are these days. Kids can learn alot about whats going on in our country without adults telling them what to do. I am very proud of this young men and maybe he will become president of the United States of America. This kid will get my vote!


Yes bitch and the reason you don't go back is because we won't let you come back! Ask any white woman! HAHAHAHA! They like you are doomed!


Why is the opinion of a 12 year old, which is obviously just the opinion of his parents, newsworthy? (And for those of you who say he is old enough to form his own opinions, I agree that he is, but the article admitted that he was watching the news with his mom -- and most likely discussing the news with her, so obviously he is going to reflect whatever info he is given) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE just focus on what is IMPORTANT like the attacks on our embassies, the open-ended printing of money, and the mirages that BOTH candidates are creating? This is ridiculous. This is just an example of another bias report that is trying to act like a child can see the "obvious" when it is merely a child forwarding his parents own political agenda (which is why the letter was even publicized!).


@Bennie u in a dream world baby. A Romney win in Nov. I don't think so. Where u been for the last week? That Black is gonna b ur commander and chief. Once u go Black baby u don't go bac


Obama is a racist & was groomed by communists! Read his book and he will tell you he resented the white side of him! Obama will lose in November because people will go to the polls in record number. It will not be to vote for this mistake again! Romney will get us in the black after a black go us in the red. You are going to be amazed by the size of Romneys win! Then again - I would settle for a one point win! NOBAMA 2012


@Hanna Then maybe you should think about going back to where ever your roots are dear and take your hatred with you.


Oooo Sally does have a portable septic tank in her filthy mouth doesn't she? Wonder what she's gonna say when Obama wins in Nov? Never mind. I don't think I can handle it. Hahaha! @Bennie-you mean like some whites have tried to label Obama as a racist? Just asking.

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