Weatherford Democrat

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September 29, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Something forced on people cannot be good

Dear Editor,

If, as Mr. Tilly has repeatedly asserted, Obamacare is such a benefit to the American public, perhaps he can explain why people are, under penalty of law, forced to participate.

If Obamacare is such a benefit to the American public perhaps Mr. Tilly can explain why the mandate on businesses was, in contravention of the law’s provisions, delayed for a year; why so many corporations and unions sought and were granted exemptions from provisions of the law; why Congress and its employees were, in contravention of the law’s provisions, exempted from mandatory participation in the exchanges.

Beyond further repetition of his usual airy assertions, it is not be expected Mr. Tilly will or can address any of the above points – to do so would require an admission that his endorsement is unsupportable by any familiarity with the facts of the matter.

“Based on a Manhattan Institute analysis of the HHS numbers, Obamacare will increase underlying insurance rates for younger men by an average of 97 to 99 percent, and for younger women by an average of 55 to 62 percent.” – Avik Roy, Forbes.com.

Among other facts Mr. Tilly chooses to neglect:

• When implemented there will still be 25 million to 30 million Americans without health insurance.

• As businesses reduce the number of full-time employees 80 percent of new jobs created are part-time.

• Employers are reducing or eliminating family coverage.

• Since its passage, U.S. health spending has risen faster than in OECD countries (the opposite was true prior to the law’s passage).

It is somewhat curious that a fervent cheerleader for government intrusion into (and regulation of) the minutiae of every day life like Mr. Tilly would complain that Texas requires “navigators” of the “exchanges” be trained and licensed in light of their access to personal and confidential information. It is likely the objection is partisan, not prudential – Mr. Tilly often seems to object to the fact that those who disagree with and oppose his views have the temerity to exist.

Sincerely,

William Picou, Weatherford

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