As his first order of business, President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving federal agencies permission not to comply with parts of the Affordable Care Act. The order was not specific, but gave an opening toward undermining the health care that 11 million people depend on.

The aim is obvious: by not complying with critical portions of the law, opponents can push the entire act into chaos. Then Republican lawmakers can say the Affordable Care Ace has been a disaster from its concept and use that as an excuse to repeal it without a replacement.

Those of you who were so afraid of losing your guns should now be afraid of losing your Social Security retirement and Medicare, along with affordable health care. All of these programs are on the chopping block of the Republican lawmakers in order to decrease government expenditures; thus allowing a justification for massive tax cuts for the mega-wealthy and major corporations.

William Gilliland

Farmington