2012-08-02 / Letters

Those Who Don’t Support “Obamacare’’ Are Misinformed

To The Editor:

The U.S. spends more than twice per capita on healthcare as any other country, yet our healthcare ranks 37th. The 45 million Americans without insurance receive little preventive care and depend largely on expensive emergency rooms as needed, causing higher taxes and healthcare premiums.

American companies’ responsibility for employee health insurance puts them at a huge competitive disadvantage worldwide.

In 2009, the U.S. saw 750,000 bankruptcies – over 70 percent because of healthcare costs – the only major nation where if you get sick or injured, you may go bankrupt.

Healthcare premiums have doubled in 10 years; healthcare costs now constitute nearly 20 percent of our economy.

Because this is unsustainable, President Obama pushed through Congress the Affordable Healthcare Act ... “Obamacare” ... an imperfect but helpful start toward a solution.

Now 17 million children can’t be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, millions of Americans under 26 can have insurance under their parents’ coverage, 5.3 million senior citizens have saved $3.7 billion on prescription drugs, 105 million Americans no longer face lifetime limits.

With the “individual mandate” eliminating “free riders,” and other built-in cost savings, the Congressional Budget Office projects it will actually lower Medicare spending and the deficit.

Thankfully, half of Americans support the bill.

The other half, however, who apparently get their information from provocative entertainers like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and foreign owned Fox “News,” have been screaming incoherently ever since it passed. Republicans tried to repeal it 31 times. Mitt Romney, who as Massachusetts governor passed a similarly positive, effective bill, claims he’ll repeal it.

How misinformed and confused are these people? They carry signs like “Keep the Government Out Of My Medicare!” And when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, thousands threatened to move to Canada to escape it. Canada has had full socialized healthcare since 1966.

Go figure!

Paul Politis,

Greencastle

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