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From: Carol Sterling
Received: Oct. 16
In response to: “Government not working; Obamacare is” by John Krull Oct. 13
Government not working, Obamacare isn’t either.
The government is not working, and congressional approval ratings have fallen into the single digits. Partisan bickering continues with more concern for the 2014 election than for the country’s problems.
It is not the nullification of Barack Obama’s presidency that the Republicans are fighting for. Republicans are demanding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act applies to everyone, and that includes big business, Congress and the president.
Part of the PPACA is the Grassley amendment that states members of Congress and their staff are required to abide by the new health care law. In rare bipartisan fashion Congress demanded exemption from it.
Their demand was answered with a 70 percent credit to pay for it, which virtually exempts them from premium increases the rest of us will experience. The president is also exempt from the law.
Big business fought the employer mandate, and with no authority to do so the president postponed it for one year, but did not postpone the individual mandate. It is the issue of equal treatment, the equal sharing of misery that the Republicans are battling for.
Polls repeatedly show the majority of Americans dislike this over-reaching, job-killing legislation, and it is the majority of the GOP that are insisting that if this law is good enough for tax-paying citizens it is good enough for those who gave it to them.
Nancy Pelosi so famously told us that we needed to pass the law to see what was in it. Tucked inside the tens of thousands of pages are 109 new regulations and 117 new taxes.
At a time when the country’s focus needs to be on creating jobs, millions of Americans are seeing their work hours cut to 29. The president sold this law saying that if you liked your doctor and your health care plan, you could keep them.
That has proven false as company’s insurance plans are forced to change, full time employees become part time, and doctors retire rather than comply with the onslaught of new regulations.
The new health care law is not working; it is killing the promise of new jobs and shrinking existing ones. At a time when the $17 trillion debt should be reduced, this law is adding to it.
That is a far cry from the president’s promise of “not one dime” of added debt. Recent estimates by the Heritage Foundation put the real cost at $1.8 trillion dollars over the next 10 years.
The cost to create the health care law website came in at seven times the estimated project cost, a whopping $600 million for a website the Aetna Insurance CEO calls a “technological debacle” and Internet security guru John McAfee calls a “hacker’s dream.”
The screaming about doubling, tripling and quadrupling insurance premiums is not party driven.
Personal finance guru Dave Ramsey said it best when he said the new health care law is not about liberals or conservatives, not about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about math. Skyrocketing premiums, job-killing policies, a non-functional website ripe for potential identity theft, massive cost overruns, including an increasingly massive national debt all say the health care law is not working.
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