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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Hahaha if that boy was speaking against Obamacare certain trollers would be praising him to the skies. Sooo predictable. All of these dooms day scenarios. No one I know has been negatively affected by this. Don't believe the hype people. I want to see real examples from credible sources, not troller accounts. Obamacare eliminates emergency room health care- the costliest scenario of all. We're punished if we don't have car ins. What's the difference?


What bullshit!! What the hell is a 12 yr doing talking about gay marriage and birth control. So I guess this kid read the whole Obama Care, don't think so. Way to go mom, have your child write what you want to say. Good parenting, you should get the mother of the year award, NOT!! You need to be teaching your child the importance of being self sufficient and not to rely on the government for things. This country was built on In God We Trust, if you think differently and your teaching your children different you will be held accountable one day. Before you go telling your children what to write you need to get your facts straight. I feel so sorry for you and your kids.


I couldn't agree more with Paul I work my rear-end off I am an owner operator of a semi. I "make" just over 250,000 a yr a little over 90% that goes directly back into the truck leaving me 25,000 but because i make that i am now in a higher tax bracket. So I should have to pay more in taxes I don't think so... I don't want health care I have had health care in the past and it is all a joke you pay their premiums and then are left to pay the majority of the bill yourself. The only people this will help is the dead beats that don't care to work or about their credit. I am glad this kid has the ability to think for his self but really he is just quoting the environment he is surrounded by so kudos to his parents for getting him involved. PS by the time I made my 330 dollar a month mortgage laster year I showed a profit of $385.


Ditto Mia. One of the great things about the Pres' health reform is that ins co's can no longer deny coverage for preexisting conditions. This is an example of the preservation of LIFE from the eyes of a boy as a DIRECT result of OBAMACARE. Forget the rhetoric for a moment. What a beautiful story. And to be so insightful about birth control and gay rights! Thank you Pres Obama for the sensitivity & courage to KNOW you can't deny a woman ultimate control of her body or deny gays the same rights that everyone else enjoys. This man's appeal is universal! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!


Wow that letter is well written and so very true.


He is so right!!! How can anyone see things differently? They have no heart. When are they going to understand that life is not all about money and selfishness? It should be about providing equal opportunities and extending a helping hand. At least to your own fellow countrymen.

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