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December 26, 2013

Letters to the editor

Pricey mandated insurance won’t help the poor

To the editor:

Liberals and progressives would like you to believe that conservatives and tea partiers like me don’t care about people and don’t want people to get health insurance or needed medical care. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We want everyone to have affordable health insurance that enables them to get excellent medical care.

Medicaid does not meet this requirement. Medicaid already pays less than the cost of providing services, and Medicaid payments are continually being reduced. Thus doctors and other service providers are increasingly unwilling to accept Medicaid patients.

The Obamacare insurance policies don’t meet this requirement. Obamacare insurance premiums are unaffordable for many middle-income Americans and Obamacare insurance frequently excludes, as in New Hampshire, many doctors and hospitals. Reports indicate that 70 percent of California doctors may not accept the insurance from the Obamacare exchange.

Obamacare hurts middle-income Americans who can’t afford the premiums for Obamacare compliant insurance which covers more services than most people want or need. Consequently the number of previously insured middle-income Americans who won’t have insurance because of Obamacare may exceed the number of new people getting taxpayer subsidized insurance.

Progressives claim that their motive is to help people, but they deserve no credit for providing “insurance” that doesn’t enable access to needed doctors and services and they deserve condemnation for outlawing good affordable insurance.

Progressive politicians promote things like Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, extended unemployment benefits, and enhancing other welfare programs to pretend to care about people and to divert attention from their destructive progressive policies which hurt peoples’ income producing abilities. Progressives know that struggling people may become dependent on government and then reward the politicians who promise the most “help.” This, political gain, is the evil motive for progressive policies.

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