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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians actions on health care 'deplorable'

By Ben Edes
September 26, 2013 | 4:20 p.m. CDT

This week on both the national level, with Sen. Ted Cruz’s weak attempt to filibuster in the Senate and the press release from Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, people are trying to sabotage Obamacare, less than a week before the marketplace opens on Oct. 1.

Truly shameful behavior.

First, let me address Sen. Cruz from Texas. Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation and the highest number of uninsured children. It’s truly troubling that a senator would want to defund a program that would benefit so many people who are in desperate need of affordable health care coverage. Really, I am at a loss of words.

This week, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder told more than 800,000 uninsured Missourians, “I would hope there would be active resistance to this law — that people would not sign up.”

Kinder is advising people to avoid signing up for health care to prove some kind of political point. Deplorable. Kinder receives subsidized health insurance at taxpayer expense. Nice.

The Obamacare marketplace promotes a free enterprise where consumers can select plans that will be best for them and their families. The plans are all from private insurance companies. I thought those were conservative preferences in America: free enterprise, choice, increased market competition and private industries. Oh, wait it’s because the name Obama is attached to this law … great politics over health care access for Americans. This is unacceptable, especially as it comes from politicians who all live securely knowing their families are insured.

Ben Edes lives in Columbia.