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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obamacare? Trick names don't help voters

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 7:25 p.m. CDT

Many politicians are trashing Obamacare.

What is it? The program was enacted by Congress, not President Barack Obama, and should be entitled Congress Care. Many of the features that Obama asked for were axed by Congress.

So, again, what is Obamacare? It is a trick name to turn voters off without them even knowing what they are really against.

I would appreciate some of the Obamacare opponents listing the top 10 things about the bill that they oppose and the advocates listing the top 10 things that they approve so uninformed voters can make up our mind.

We should not be deciding our future on trick phrases.

Larry Rollins is a Columbia resident.

 


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James Krewson July 31, 2012 | 7:59 p.m.

Obama signed it into law. Thus it is indeed OBAMACARE. If he didn't want it to pass, he should have vetoed it. If it weren't for Obama, this terrible piece of legislation would have never made it to Congress. Also I have even heard Obama use the term "Obamacare" when talking about it.

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James Krewson July 31, 2012 | 8:14 p.m.

Top Ten Things I don't like about Obamacare:

1. It covers illegal immigrants.
2. It covers abortions.
3. It forces someone to buy insurance or face jail time.
4. Democrats didn't read the bill before passing it.
5. The rationing of breast cancer detection
6. It is too expensive, and is costing jobs. Small businesses with over 50 employees are laying off people in order to stay at the 50 employee threshold so they don't have to sign up for this expensive mandate.
7. Obamacare has caused insurance premiums to go up over 20%
8. Obamacare is a confusing 10,000 page, 2.5 million word bill.
9. A "death panel" called IPAB will be deciding whether granny gets the surgery or gets the red pill.
10. Certain corporations and unions who are friendly to Obama are getting exemptions from Obamacare, while small mom & pop businesses trying to make a tiny profit are getting squeezed and aren't eligible for these political exemptions.

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frank christian July 31, 2012 | 9:25 p.m.

Obamacare, Hillarycare, etc., I believe, are derived from the press which gleefully named Reagan's financial plan, Reaganomics. Problem is "Reaganomics" disappeared from their vocabulary after less than a year, when it began working so well.

If this guy has to write a newspaper to determine what a D' Congress and a D' President have given him for their version of a health care act, might we not give wonder as to where we are as a country?

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Wilma Cromwell Kessler August 1, 2012 | 10:52 p.m.

James Krewson will be happy, I am sure, to learn that some of his facts are in error and that there is not nearly so much to worry about in Obamacare as he imagines. For example

*1. It covers illegal immigrants.*

This is not true (per factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2010/10/health-...).

*2. It covers abortions.*

According to Factcheck.org again (http://www.factcheck.org/2010/04/the-abo...
"The law says individuals who get federal subsidy dollars must use their private money to pay for coverage of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother."

*3. It forces someone to buy insurance or face jail time.*

According to Factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2010/04/more-ma... "The law specifically waives any criminal penalties for those who both decline to obtain insurance coverage and refuse to pay the tax enacted to penalize lack of coverage."

*4. Democrats didn't read the bill before passing it.*

The contents of this bill were debated and revised for months.

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Wilma Cromwell Kessler August 1, 2012 | 10:58 p.m.

Corrections to Krewson continued:

*5. The rationing of breast cancer detection*

This is just ridiculous - women can now get mammograms without copays because of Obamacare. You must be thinking of the recommendations of the National Cancer Institute which changed its recommendations about frequency for mammograms based on a large scale study it conducted. These changes are still being debated, and have nothing to do with Obamacare.

*6. It is too expensive, and is costing jobs. Small businesses with over 50 employees are laying off people in order to stay at the 50 employee threshold so they don't have to sign up for this expensive mandate.*

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CB)), it will actually cut the deficit over the next ten years. Repealing it, though, will add $109 billion dollars to the deficit (http://www.examiner.com/article/cbo-conf...).

For every small business person who claims they can't afford Obamacare, others - people I know - can't wait to get it. The small business community is still divided about the effects of Obamacare. The Small Business Majority, an advocacy group, supports it, while another advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Business continues to oppose it.

As to the claim that business will lay off workers or delay expansion to avoid having to give them insurance, it's hard to predict what diverse people will choose to do, but if a business is doing well, it would be kind of stupid to curtail one's prosperity to avoid a small fine.

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Wilma Cromwell Kessler August 1, 2012 | 11:05 p.m.

Corrections to Krewson continued:

*7. Obamacare has caused insurance premiums to go up over 20%*

Health care costs and premiums have actually risen at the lowest rate in years since 2011 (http://www.kansas.com/2011/11/06/2091849...). Of course, Obamacare won't go into effect until 2014. Premiums have been rising madly since the 90s although there's been no Obamacare on which to blame the increases - in fact, this is why we needed to reform our health care delivery system.

**8. Obamacare is a confusing 10,000 page, 2.5 million word bill."

As printed by the issuing agency, the bill has 2,400 pages. It is complex since it regulates healthcare delivery systems for a country of millions of people and attempts to preserve the private insurance market. It would have been lots simpler to extend Medicare to all.

*9. A "death panel" called IPAB will be deciding whether granny gets the surgery or gets the red pill.*

I can't believe that anyone still believes the death panels tripe. The IPAB is a board that will review Medicare expenditures and issue guidelines - actually a good business practice.

*10. Certain corporations and unions who are friendly to Obama are getting exemptions from Obamacare, while small mom & pop businesses trying to make a tiny profit are getting squeezed and aren't eligible for these political exemptions.*

Nobody is getting exemptions. According to Factcheck.org (http://factcheck.org/2012/06/nrcc-obamac...), the waivers allow companies to delay upgrading the insurance they offer:

"These temporary waivers didn’t only go to labor unions but to hundreds and hundreds more non-labor unions, such as McDonald’s and Ruby Tuesday. The waivers only exempt the companies from one requirement of the law and only until 2014. They allow the companies to continue to offer so-called “mini-med” plans that offer limited benefits and low annual spending limits for low-income employees until 2014, when those employees would have an alternative for insurance coverage through the state-based exchanges. ... "

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