Letter to the Editor: What's wrong with Obamacare?
BY Nola Deffenbaugh, Bartlesville
Monday, July 16, 2012
7/16/12 at 2:58 AM
The politicians running in Oklahoma all seemed to promise that they would abolish "Obamacare" if elected. Of course they are speaking from a place of security with good health insurance plans and probably haven't asked too many poorer middle-class citizens if they are satisfied with no health insurance.
The argument is that the government shouldn't force us to buy something. Yet we are forced to get a driver's license and liability insurance to drive a car and seniors are forced to buy a Medicare Part D drug plan. So what's new?
The problem is that the Republicans threw out the government insurance plan when passing the health insurance plan. A government-sponsored insurance plan was to have offered a lower-priced insurance to those who needed or wanted it while indirectly keeping other insurance lower because of the competition. Now who is to regulate the insurance companies who are out to make more bucks on the backs of the poor?
A question I have for those hating Obamacare is what part exactly don't they like? Is it requiring insurance companies to take you regardless of pre-existing conditions? Or is it just the requirement that everyone have some kind of health insurance so that the ERs aren't filled with the indigent that cannot afford to pay, thus requiring the rest of us to pay more or for the ERs to eat the expense?
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