The city hall is a perfect place to hold the debate at minimum cost and maximum coverage. Do not allow the use of the laptop computers or ear plugs currently in use by the city council to tell the candidates what to say and what not to say. Much like Obama without the Teleprompter let the people see for themselves the real people they are voting for. It is time to bring the elections into the modern age.
Bill Moylan, Weatherford
Writer responds to writer’s response
In an attempt to defend his partisan cheerleading of the risibly misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Mr. Tilly presents incomplete, inaccurate and fabricated information, even going to the point of disavowing his own authorship.
Citing the adulatory evaluation of Obamacare by the AARP, some unknown “National Associations of Insurance providers [sic]”, and various unknown and unnamed “associations of doctors, nurses, hospitals, and consumer protection organizations,” Mr. Tilly fails to note the extensive financial interests the AARP – the nation’s largest seller of Medigap policies – and, presumably, the various unknowns have in the promulgation and enforcement of the law.
Asserting a significant portion of those opposed to Obamacare object that the law does not go far enough in intruding into the private affairs of the citizenry, Mr. Tilly provides no evidence in favor of this, nor for his claim that the citizenry desires ‘greater government involvement in health insurance’.
Objecting to the cost projections provided by the Congressional Budget Office which, among other things, shows the estimated cost of Obamacare nearly doubling, going from $940 billion over a decade to $1.76 trillion over a decade – Mr. Tilly refers to it as a “long-discredited” source.
Mr. Tilly makes the demonstrably false claim that Obamacare does not start until January 2014. The law, enacted March 23, 2010, “contains provisions that became effective immediately, 90 days after enactment, and six months after enactment, as well as provisions phased in through to 2020” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act). Further, his claim that the 9.5 percent increase in premiums “is actually about two thirds of previous annual increases” is utterly unsupported by the facts.