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.
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 ...
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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