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Letter to the editor: Democrats should own up to failures of Obamacare

By Ken Hall, Jamestown

In response to Charles Linderman’s Nov. 22 letter on ACA (the poorly named, Affordable Care Act):

To suggest there is a comparison between the ACA rollout and that of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program is a stretch. Even though I did not support Part D of Medicare, because we cannot afford it, unlike Obamacare, it was passed with bi-partisan support.

As for polls that have shown consistently that the majority do not favor Obamacare, they are accurate. Liberals give people little credit for being able to think on their own in opposing a government takeover of health care. Twenty-six-year-old kids? Give me a break. By the time I was 26, I had been married, had children, divorced, served my country for more than three years in the Army in Germany, and remarried and started a career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I was on my own when I was 18 and looking back I would not have changed a thing. It is not a good thing to encourage dependency on parents or the government after you are an adult.

As for the ACA website disaster, when you hire your wife’s friend from college who has a record of failure in establishing health care websites, what do you expect? It was known for a long time within the administration. Just another lie in a long and growing list of them, including “If you like your plan you can keep it” and “If you like your doctor you can keep him or her.” Again, it is insulting people’s intelligence to suggest that their plans are inferior and their insurance company didn’t tell them. If people were unhappy with their plans they would have switched on their own without some government bureaucrat telling them they have to! Are you really telling us that paying for other peoples’ birth control and abortifacient contraceptives, as required under the ACA, is a good thing? Don’t we have the right to oppose such things?

The suggestion that the mandate is a Republican idea is another desperate attempt to hide the fact that the ACA, better known as Obamacare, was passed with no Republican votes and was written with no Republican help. I am sure that the Heritage Foundation is not at all supportive of the mandates and, even though someone might have mentioned the obvious, that greater participation would help spread the cost more, they in no way suggested that mandates be put into a health-care law, forcing people to buy insurance or pay an additional tax. Democrats own Obamacare but do not want to own up to its failure to live up to any of its promise.