Letters to the Editor

Bad health care facts make for bad decisions

The Gov. Nikki Haley/Anthony Keck guest editorial (July 5, “We need S.C. solutions for S.C. health”) exhibits once again those adages don’t always live up to their popularity. Too often two heads don’t seem to solve a problem, or even define a problem any better than one head. And when they do, much depends on the quality of the heads and the information.

Enter lies, distortions, unempirical accusations and exit mention of proven federal programs like Social Security and Medicare and you wind up with empty rhetoric which exposes the shallowness of their politics and their character.

The public does not know that the individual mandate is one of the largest federal tax increases on the middle class in recent history because it isn’t. According to the Congressional Budget Office and other disinterested organizations, the individual mandate affects less than 1 percent of the population. As more and more people learn about individual parts of the Affordable Care Act, more and more people support it. The Massachusetts model on which the federal system is based insures 98 percent of its citizens and they are quite pleased with it. Like anything new it will need changes and adjustments. If Haley/Keck are really interested in what is best for the citizens of South Carolina let them work on those improvements.

As far as adages are concerned, I think my daddy had this one quite right. “When comparing one head to two the only sure thing you can say is that the latter group has more heads.”

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.