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August 30, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obamacare is good for the nation

Obamacare is good for the nation

Dear Editor,

The argument as to whether we are going to have Obama medical insurance phased in over the next few years is over. The only way it can be slowed is for the Congress to refuse to fund the federal obligation under the Affordable Healthcare Law.

The only way to defund the law is for congress to refuse to pass a federal budget for 2014 and beyond. As soon as those social security and VA checks stop going out and Medicare stops paying medical claims, and as soon as about 2 million elderly residents in Medicaid funded nursing homes are told they must leave, there will be a political revolution that would sweep the Republican and, more specifically, the Tea Party out of American life in the 2014 election and for elections to come.

Every even mildly politically educated person knows this to be true, whether they will admit it or not. What is so terribly ironic is that the majority of the people who want Obamacare repealed are not significantly affected by the law.

About 100 million Americans who are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or other government-funded insurance will remain the same. And the vast majority of Americans will still be covered by employer sponsored health plans, which already comply or exceed the law’s requirements.

The 40 million or 50 million who are affected are mostly people who do not have medical insurance due to personal choice, cost or pre-existing medical conditions.

Under Obamacare, most of these people will be covered by private insurance, with pro-rated premiums depending on income or they will be covered at little or no personal cost under the present Medicaid system.

This Republican-invented part of the law was supported by many conservatives as little as five years ago, because it would compel people who can pay part or all of their health insurance cost to do so.

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