Terry Mathews: There’s plenty wrong with Obamacare
December 12, 2011
To the Editor:
May I submit a rebuttal to Felicia Muftic’s “Obamacare and Grand County”, and point out six counters to her opinion?
I agree with Jeffery H. Anderson’s points in which he writes in his Nov. 22, article, “What Else Is Wrong with Obamacare?”
• “It’s 2,700 pages long. … Obamacare is a vehicle for government by bureaucratic and lawyerly “elites,” not for government by the people.”
• “It would cause millions of Americans to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance and be dumped into Obamacare “exchanges. … Already, 4.5 million Americans have lost their employer-sponsored health insurance.”
• “It would loot Medicare. The CBO projects that during the overhaul’s real first decade (2014 to 2023), nearly $1 trillion would be siphoned out of Medicare and spent on Obamacare.”
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• “It would cost twice as much as the deficit commission is trying to “save.” The CBO says that Obamacare would cost an estimated $2.5 trillion during its real first ten years…”
• “It would raise, rather than lower, health costs. The Medicare chief actuary says that Obamacare would increase health costs by hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of this decade.”
• “It would establish the grisly the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) … charged with keeping future Medicare spending below a specified level. The dictates of its 15 unelected members would have the force of law and couldn’t be overruled even by a majority vote in both houses of Congress and the president’s signature.”
Perhaps, Mrs. Muftic should climb out of her own bubble and consider the most current facts associated with Obamacare.