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In defense of health care law

July 21, 2012
Morning Journal News


My letter is in response to your July 18 "In Our Opinion."

What is this "Obamacare" you continue to criticize? Our government introduced The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act back in 2010. I know of no "Obamacare."

As you continue to play your partisan politics attempting to sway votes for your "savior" Mitt Romney, your friend Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has stated, "Saying 'no' to the health care law would mean turning away up to 1.3 million Texans who could be eligible for coverage." In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie would be turning away as many as 245,000 uninsured residents and the list goes on.

Fact is, the act will strengthen Medicare by increasing penalties for fraud, which has been the biggest threat for both seniors and Medicare. You stated, "The act includes a $500 million reduction in Medicare spending." The Republicans in Congress have been introducing cuts to Medicare, calling it part of "big government spending." The act will lower the cost of care for those on Medicare and will help seniors save money on their medications.

Although not perfect, the act has many positives, so say many health care professionals and the president has expressed a desire to work with those who "sincerely" want to improve upon it. I would prefer a single-payer plan, but for now more than willing to keep an open mind for all those who may benefit from this coverage.

Morning Journal "opinions" offer no logical solutions, but most always include a whole lot of snake oil.

Rick Straub




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