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Obamacare and demagoguery

December 3, 2013
The Journal

To the editor:

H. L Mencken defined the word demagogue as, "One who preaches a doctrine he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots."

After the ill-conceived "Affordable Care Act" was passed by means of senatorial chicanery, using the reconciliation rules normally reserved for passing budget measures, President Obama went out and repeatedly stated, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."

We are only beginning to see how untrue his statements were. Over 5 million people have already received letters from their insurance carriers informing them that their policies have been canceled because they do not meet the standards mandated by "Obama Care." Many families are finding that replacing the coverage they had will cost thousands extra per year in increased premiums and deductibles.

The 2,200-page bill that facilitated the hostile take-over of one sixth of the U.S. economy was passed without a single Republican vote, nor consideration of a single Republican-authored amendment. The president however, assured us that this new law did include some Republican ideas, "...like, uh, eliminating waste and fraud." Yes - he really said that.

The horrifically flawed roll-out of the "Obama Care" website will be remembered as a pleasant, temporary distraction as the real consequences of this debacle become reality for the millions of families who will see their health care costs go up, and their disposable income go down.

Tea Party groups have fought against the nationalization of our health care system ever since President Obama began his effort to "fundamentally change" our country through the guise of healthcare reform. For their efforts, they were illegally targeted by the IRS - yes the same IRS that will be expanded by 16,000 new employees who will serve as enforcers of the "Obama Care" laws. A conflict of interest maybe?

There is so much wrong with the notion that a group of individuals in Washington, D.C. can know what is best for every individual in every state across the nation -whether it is in health care, education or the type of car you drive. An ever-expanding federal government takes away individual rights and property as it garners more and more power to itself. We are on an unsustainable path and our "best and brightest" are squabbling about the website as though it were the problem.

Charles Hartley

Lafayette

 
 

 

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