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Start over on health care

Published: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A writer recently claimed that Obamacare was passed by both parties. That’s incorrect.

This is the first big social program (think Social Security, Medicare, etc.) that was passed without bipartisan support. No Republicans voted for it. Although the Democrats controlled both Houses, they had to offer perks to get the votes they needed.

Why support this law? The president and Congress are exempt from the law. The president lied when he said that people could keep the insurance they have. He bended the law by giving employers another year to comply, but he did not delay the private mandate, although he pretends to be for the “little people.” Hundreds of Obama’s friends have received waivers.

People are discovering that the plans available are costing more and have higher deductibles. We are becoming a nation of part-timers who don’t qualify for benefits. Employers are cutting costs by giving a limited amount of money to employees to buy their own insurance. Medical devices, such as pacemakers, will be taxed. Those who claim to deserve a subsidy will not have to prove it. We will use the “honor system.”

The IRS will administer the program. Surely we can trust them. The administration has had years to prepare for the law, and still it’s a huge fiasco for those wanting to sign up.

It’s time to scrap this ill-conceived law read by virtually nobody who voted for it and start over.

Barbara Klein


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