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Letter | Hate Obamacare? Provide some facts to prove why

August 12, 2013 

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Re: Aug. 11 letter from Jude Eden, “Health care act will harm our health, not help it”

This letter seems to be just another of those continuous cries of “Woe is us, woe is us” about Obamacare without any real explanation of what's wrong with Obamacare. This is the same sort of rhetoric I hear from politicians like U.S. Rep. Tom Rice.

It would seem at some point these Obamacare-haters would provide some hard facts and not just mouth the same old criticisms of “it's vastly more expensive”, and “vastly increases the costs” while “vastly reducing the quality and timeliness of health care.”

In fact, how much more expensive will it be? And, how will it degrade the health care I currently receive? Yes, medical people will be attending to the needs of more people, but how will that degrade the care I receive? And, if it saves the life of one child who currently receives no medical care, isn't that worth any added cost?

Eden argues that the law must be bad because it exempts “the representatives (and their staffs) who passed it and the IRS who will enforce it.” Well, maybe they weren't included because they already have an even much better health care plan. Maybe the objective here was to reach a point where everyone had a minimum health care plan and not to reach a point where everyone's health care plan was as good as the government provides to its own.

And, according to articles in a number of journals, Obamacare will not raise health care costs for millions of Americans who purchase their own health insurance. In a number of states, it has been reported that Obamacare will actually reduce health insurance costs by 50 percent or more, for people who buy their own insurance.

So I would sincerely ask all of you Obamacare-haters out there, please provide some hard facts on why Obamacare is bad for America or don't bother writing at all and just take your cries of “Woe is us” directly to Representative Rice's office. I'm sure he will be glad to commiserate with you.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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