Enough already

For Your Consideration

editorial@sierrastarOctober 1, 2013 

I'm sorry but I no longer can bite my tongue. Here are my responses to Bill Atwood's Sept. 26 "Day of Reckoning" column.

"The takeover of a huge segment of the economy is about to happen and those who championed Barrack Obama as the man for the job can't wait to hand over the medical care of private citizens to the federal government."

Will private insurance companies, hospitals, clinics, private practices, medical device manufacturers, and all other private healthcare service providers cease to exist after "the day of reckoning?" If not, as Ricky Ricardo would say, you [Mr. Atwood] got some 'splainin' to do. Will Dr. McBride, upon return, and Sachau be replaced by government-issue doctors? Will employees at Kaiser Permanente be replaced by government workers?

"…[a] monumental government program that will prove to be ineffective, expensive, mismanaged, and overburdened with red tape."

Really — you mean unlike how private insurance companies are handling reimbursement claims: no red tape, mismanagement, or inefficiencies there. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that 30% of health care costs are from overhead inefficiencies by private insurance companies processing reimbursement claims and other administrative costs.

"The thought of the government taking over our medical care makes me sick to my stomach but ..."

You mean like Medicare? How many seniors are sick to their stomach over Medicare, that monumental government program?

"I hope that those amongst us who voted in the people who voted in the plan will never complain about the lack of medical care for their families or themselves."

This is a commendable concern for the few but what about the many? There are 30 million people who now lack medical care. Many people are dropped because of pre-existing conditions or lifetime limits. Many families are bankrupted by health care cost. Many family members between 21-26 years have no health care and your concern is for the few who might encounter this plausible but improbable situation?

"Why is it that those who championed this great act of socialism have exempted themselves from its effects? Nancy, Harry, Barrack, and their ilk are safe from it, by law."

This is a widely accepted premise within the FOX bubble and obviously echoed here. Here is what the law says. "Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the federal government may make available to members of Congress and Congressional staff with respect to their service as a member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are - (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act)." In other words, Congress must use Obamacare.

Why have premiums climbed when he promised they would decline? What about the CBO projections that the plan will cost many times the amount projected by the community organizer?

According to the new report (CBS NEWS, Sept 25), the average premium nationally for the second-lowest cost "silver" plan will be $328 a month before tax credits — 16% below projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office." Notice it says before tax credits, meaning it could cost even less. Does this answer your question?

"Doctors are leaving the system."

No they are not. They are mostly leaving their private practices to work within a healthcare system because of their overhead costs much of it related to insurance processing. Many also cited wanting more stability and regular working hours. I's disingenuous to blame it solely on Obamacare. Yes, let's watch how many doctors leave this area.

Please, no more FAUX News talking points. Instead of all this nonsense why not find out for yourself. Surprisingly, even though no one has read this bill as conservatives claim, there is an extremely comprehensive explanation of it in www.coveredca.com. I would suggest starting with FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). You can also calculate what your premiums will be. Also if you are not tech savvy, there are advisors you can call.

"The big question that remains unanswered is how we are going to remedy the disaster …"

It doesn't make sense that Republicans are willing to shut down the government and/or not pay the nation's bills (not raise the debt ceiling) if Obamacare is not stopped. When you propose a remedy that is far more catastrophic than the alleged disaster, going to that extreme only means you are more afraid people will love Obamacare than hate it.

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