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October 8, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Contrasting opinions

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Richard Feuilly, Weatherford

Obamacare’s failure lies in the numbers

Dear Editor,

While I appreciate Mr. Tilly’s effort in responding to questions regarding the purported benefits of Obamacare to the American public, the substance of the response – a compilation of what, in the interest of civility, can only be called misstatements – is essentially meaningless.

If, as Mr. Tilly states, the “large group medical plans” complied with “almost all requirements of the AHA [sic]” any necessary adjustments would have been relatively minor and there would have been no need for 1,200-plus waivers to favored corporations and unions. As for the one-year delay in the business mandate and the exemption granted Congress, the administration has no authority under this law or any other to grant such.

Mr. Tilly attempts to conflate lower rate projections with lower actual rates – the rates may be lower than projected but are, nevertheless, much higher than what was available in the market prior to Obamacare. The “unsubstantiated, dreamed-up huge rate increase” is all too real. Delta Air Lines alone foresees, for just the first year, an increase of $100 million in health-care costs due to this law.

Despite Mr. Tilly’s claim that the shift to part-time employment is “a result of the Bush recession,” the increase of newly created part-time jobs from 14 percent of the total to 80 percent of the total has occurred in the last two years – attributable mainly to the provisions of Obamacare. (As an aside, it is well past time for this administration’s sycophants to stop trying to blame the prior administration for the widespread failures of the current one. After five years, the carcass of that horse is looking decidedly seedy.)

That businesses are dropping health care coverage for their employees (e.g., Walgreen’s, Home Depot) or their employee’s families (e.g., UPS) is not a “half-truth” in any sense. Those now being forced to obtain their health insurance elsewhere will find themselves paying more – saving money being the principal reason any employee joins their spouse’s plan. Few would agree with Mr. Tilly that this outcome is “very reasonable.”

As for the remainder of Mr. Tilly’s “answer,” being a compendium of willful distortions, backtracking, and palpably untrue assertions, there is little if anything to be gained by dissecting it.

The reason American citizens are being forced to participate in Obamacare is that no one of sound judgment would choose to pay more to receive less. Mr. Tilly’s incessant efforts to obfuscate this fact does not obviate it.

Sincerely,

William Picou, Weatherford

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