Letter: A problem that didn’t exist
Let’s review Obamacare here. But first, we need to examine health care before passage of this dreadful act.
Claim: 47 million people don’t have health care.
Claim: Health care is a right, especially in the richest country on earth.
These statements are full of, well, let’s just say distortions. We have Medicare, a paid-for program by taxpayers, for our elderly, and Medicaid, a gift for those who cannot or will not work. Out of the 47 million uninsured, 27 million were eligible for Medicaid but were simply too lazy or ignorant to apply. Another approximately four million were millionaires who elect not to buy a product that they are capable of funding for themselves. We’re down to 16 million, many who are young and they elect not to have a policy. Isn’t that freedom of choice and free exercise of their liberty?
In the final analysis, only about 2-3 million were uninsured. That doesn’t mean they didn’t have health care. They just didn’t have insurance. We have free clinics, St. Jude’s, the Shriners and many other charitable endeavors.
The next lie is that we are the richest country on earth. How can this be when we are $17 trillion in debt? I’ve never looked at a broke man and thought, "Wow, he’s doing well."
Enter Obamacare to "fix" a "broken" health care system. Its design from the beginning was to drive out the insurance companies and leave us with one socialist system known as single payer. See Barack Obama in 2008 speaking to the SEIU during a campaign rally.
Policies are now being cancelled due to this mandate. The blame game and the media focus on those "evil" insurance companies who are just following the law presented before them.
Americans will get mad at the companies, demand action, and eventually, we’ll have what Obama wanted all along: Single payer, which won’t pay for granny’s hip replacement, but at least she’ll have access to free contraceptives.
Kendall C. Sentz
Gloucester Point, Va.