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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Who ever put this kid up to this should be disciplined. Hard working people are appalled at the continuing attitude that hard working people should "Nanny" the people of the USA! The problems with OBAMAS plan is EVERYBODY gets the same- CRACKHEADS, PROSTITUTES, CRIMINALS .. everyone! Does anyone out there who really think we could survive with 4 more years of Obama? The answer is No we cannot because the people will not be able to live together. The hatred hasn't even come to surface.


Wow u sure are mad over a 12 yr olds opinion. If u use that filthy hate filled mouth on a 12 yr old I'd hate to hear how u speak to adults who have different view points than u.


This kid will never make it as president because in time you blacks will find a way to label him racist.


Pulling out all the stops you pathetic liberals! You bastards leave no stone unturned! It will be a miracle if we ever mend the fences! Good try Democrats but no sale!


A 12-year-old is almost a teenager. The letter breaks down into simple facts that a 12-year-old can understand. I had a political opinion at 12, and it was opposite of my parents. This letter very well could've been written by a 12-year-old. And how sad is it that a child can see that people should live as they wish, but a lot of grown people can't understand that.


@Judy, WRONG...check this video for the facts, if you can come out from under that rock long enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.... I'm getting really fed up with the hordes of idiots that actually believe that politics was designed to be influenced by religion. That kid said everything that needs to be said in his last paragraph. I hope he runs for president someday and I'm alive to vote for him!


I never knew being a mother made someone a expert at letter reading another child's words. Wow to make a complete decision on who wrote this letter with ABSOLUTELY no research done must make u not just a mom but supermom! U should become a journalist they say unfounded things to make a point all the time too.


Being a mother, I have to say that letter wasn't written by a 12 yr old. Looks like somebody's using the kid as a pawn to get their message across. This is obviously a liberal site and your thinking is just that. Liberal. You have no idea or else you simply aren't interested in where all these liberal ideas are taking you. You think this socialized medicine idea is gonna give you just what you need. Read your history books. In the end you'll end up just like conservatives waiting in line for your turn to get an aspirin or a bowl of rice. Wise up. The government doesn't think you are anything special.


Just feel sorry for yourself. For some reason u think a 12 ye old isn't smart enough to write this or understand what is going on. Maybe that is just a reflection of u as a child or maybe your own children but believe it. There are plenty or articulate children out there. There are some kids who have finished college at 15 so just because YOU weren't that smart as a child doesn't mean others are too. And while u may believe the country was founded in God we trust our founding fathers also put EXTREME emphasis on seperation between church and state and they did that for a reason. There are no other ligit reasons to not allow gay marriage besides the Bible not condoning it. And fir people who believe the Bible its fine to be against it BUT for the government to be against it for that same reason .... well it violates the seperation between church and state plain simple. I mean give me one reason besides religious beliefs.


Well said.

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