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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Health Care
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 26, 2013

Doesn't everybody want affordable health care? Sure they do, so that's why the Republicans have renamed the Affordable Care Act as Obamacare, making it into a great boogeyman.

Let's take a look at some of the benefits of the ACA, and not the Republican scare tactics. Since the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was enacted over 6.1 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved over $5.7 billion dollars on presciption drugs. This was done by gradually closing the donut hole in Medicare Part D. Right now seniors are saving 52.5% on brand name drugs and 21% on generics. These savings will increase each year until the coverage gap is closed in 2020 where seniors will save 75% on brand-name drugs and generic drugs.

So senior citizens will no longer have to choose between life saving drugs and food. So why do the Republicans want to defund the Affordable Care Act? Do they have something against senior citizens living better and healthier lives?

The Affordable CAre Act also has slowed the growth of health care costs to all Americans to the lowest level in 50 years. Do the Republicans like sky rocketing health costs?

The Affordable Care Act has made it so people no longer have to worry about preexisting conditions ramping up their insurance costs beyond their ability to pay. So Republicans want people with preexisting conditions to have no health insurance coverage and therefore let them suffer and perhaps die?

Over 50% of the members of Congress become lobbyists when they step down or are voted out. So who do they really care about -- the people or their future corporate lords and masters. Congressmen have a health care system we ordinary folks can only dream about, and it's all funded by the taxpayers.

So what will the Republicans replace Obamacare with? Until recently, it has been nothing. The RSC has just unveiled the American Health Care Reform Act. Guess what's at the core of it? A tax break for the wealthy, and why am I not surprised. They are blathering about free market (that's their usual knee jerk mantra). Their idea for lowering the cost of policiies is to let the state tax commissioner decide what policy will be offered in your state. No standardization of policies. No competitive exchange. Just a race to the bottom to find the state that will make it the easiest for insurance companies to (literally) get away with murder.

Obamacare is the law of the land and has been upheld as constitutional by a very conservative Supreme Court. But the Republicans in Congress continue to waste taxpayer dollars by trying to repeal Obamacare (40 times at last count) and now they're trying to defund it. Imagine what bills they could have passed, such as infrastructure repairs and job bills, but that's not what their corporate masters are interested in, so neither are they. They have just had hissy fits since Obama got elected President and then had the nerve to get reeelcted. They just want Obama to look bad no matter what the cost to the economy.

Julie Alford

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