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Why can’t anyone in Washington explain process of ‘Obamacare’?

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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 2:07 pm, Fri Sep 19, 2014.

To the Editor:

The Oct. 8 presidential news conference that was supposed to outline the steps necessary for the government to proceed with business as usual was nothing more than “politics as usual.”

The president mentioned “compromise” as a civil and logical way to move forward, and insisted that the budget be brought to his desk without any concessions to the opposition.

Those of you who attempt to sign up for The Affordable Health Care Act (“Obamacare”) realize there is a lot more to this enigma than they are telling you.

Obamacare is not only confusing to sign up for, it is not well thought out, and there are pitifully few politicians or government appointees who can explain the process.

These are not dullards; these are good people who don’t know the answers.  

What the heck is wrong with delay in implementation as requested by the Republicans?

Even in flight school, pilots use simulators and aircraft less sophisticated than the one which the candidate pilots will eventually fly.

You need to develop skill sets and muscle memory to fly a high-performance aircraft with acceptable chances of success. 

Yet we are asked to make a maiden flight on a F-22 without a clue as to what the instrument panel is for, or how to even open the canopy.

However, we are being told: go fly that sucker so we can see what it does.

Nancy Pelosi stated the awful truth when she said, “We have to pass the bill, so we can see what’s in it.” 

Are we so indoctrinated in our political mindset that we cannot act responsibly?

Your answer is obvious if you look at the misrepresentation of those who request a gradual implementation of this most costly government program in the history of our republic.

Don Fender

Killeen

Grandmother’s ‘letter’ regarding ‘Obamacare’ found to be untrue

To the Editor:

Mr. Moore’s letter (re: Un-affordable Care Act) published on Sunday (Oct. 6 KDH) stopped me in mid-sip of my morning coffee.

I’m fairly well read, though not an expert (or even a confirmed supporter) on ACA, but I was shocked that the “grandmother in her 60s” with an income base (base?) of “45K to 55K annually” had, after choosing “Tier 2 ‘Silver Plan” a yearly deductible of “$13,988.”

Staggering to my trusty laptop, I began my research.

Forty-three seconds later I had my answer: http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/penalty.asp.

Now, if Mr. Moore’s forwarding of this “mostly false” (according to Snopes) letter was the innocent oversight of someone ideologically opposed to ACA, this can be understood.

But if not an oversight, this represents the emotional villainy or outright disinformation that some folks choose to use to debate the issue: good old-fashioned scare tactics.

As the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is alleged to have put it: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Richard Vail

Harker Heights

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4 comments:

  • wilcfry posted at 9:34 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    wilcfry Posts: 93

    "...have spent some estimated 633 MILLION DOLLARS to start a webpage ... since we have 333 million Americans ... That's 1.9 MILLION DOLLARS per American...."

    I'm not sure I follow. 633 million divided by 333 million is 1.9, not anything *million*.

    That's $1.90 per American. Or did I misunderstand?

     
  • Fran posted at 12:28 pm on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    Fran Posts: 54

    As I believe the saying goes: "you can fool most of the people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time" is appropriate as to the working as how obamacare is revealed. People like Pelossi should go home and retire to her millionaire vineyards and be held accountable for this socialistic program she pushed through. She and others who are "privileged" have hoodwinked the typical low information voters. She and others will be able to purchase the best healthcare from doctors who work at private practices. Its a bad law and
    should not be implemented. Its more of a transfer of wealth from those who worked their lives and lived by the rules to those who leech off the government. Its another program that will operate like social security....a big cash cow for the government. Its difficult to believe now, that they "sold" this program when it was then reported only 15% of the people did not have health insurance... it would have been a lot cheaper to have subsidized the premiums for those with catastrophic illnesses than this...and yet, in the bigger picture of things, just watch all the same people use the emergency rooms because they refuse to purchase insurance. Oh, there will be even more people finding their way to our emergency rooms, because the followup plan is to legalize all those illegal in this country.... socialism does not work, just look at history.
    I think this country is doomed.

     
  • Eliza posted at 9:14 am on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 867

    I hate to disagree with Mr. Vail, but several years ago, I learn to not take for gospel, what was gained from Barbara and David Mikkelson web site. There used to be more history on them available until a few years ago ,but it has disappeared I see. However the below is a small bit of their history---

    Snopes is run by Barbara and David Mikkelson, a California couple who met in the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup. The site is organized by topic and includes a message board where stories and pictures of questionable veracity may be posted. The Mikkelsons founded the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society and were credited as the owners of that site until 2005.
    ------------------
    But with Barbara and David beside my point,
    I am more concerned with the strong arming of the American people being forced against the majority's will, to buy a product called by most Obamacare. But also,
    the fact that they were forced to have a web site built by a 'foreign' country to advertise that product. A product which is a joke.

    No matter how much I like the country of Canada and its people, it still doesn't make it right or fair, for U.S. tax payers to be forced to make a $634 Million Dollar payment to them for something that isn't even working. And before its over, the tax payer will be asked or told to fork up more money for 'repairs' of the site.

    An excerpt from the article describing the purchase and quality of that product as follows----

    Just how much does HealthCare.gov cost ?
    foxnews.com

    excerpt;

    The website Digital Trends reported on Thursday that, based on government documents displaying contracts awarded to CGI Federal Inc., the Canadian-based company which in 2011 won a $93 million contract to build the federal healthcare exchange, the cost of HealthCare.gov was about at $634 million.

    'As you compress the project schedule, the overall cost increases.'
    - George Edwards, a computer scientist and professor at the University of Southern California.
    “We, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock,” writer Andrew Couts charged, complaining that “Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress.”


     
  • Bubba posted at 8:18 am on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 753

    They can't explain it to you or anyone else because....(drum roll,please).....liberals are liars and incompetent fools.

    Many Americans are learning the hard way that liberals are simply liars, and have been lying to the American people from the outset about not only this fiasco,but everything else.

    Now we learn that the contractor hired by these fools was previously fired by the nation of Canada for failure to deliver on a similar contract, despite receiving millions. These morons have spent some estimated 633 MILLION DOLLARS to start a webpage that DOES NOT WORK. Analysis reveals that since we have 333 million Americans, it would have been easier to simply give this money to American in health care accounts. That's 1.9 MILLION DOLLARS per American.

    Simply put, liberals cannot be trusted to make a sandwich without exceptionally close adult supervision, and even then they will lie about their failure and incompetence.

    Unless, of course, they are reading your emails or illegally scrutinizing you by way of the IRS. That they can do very well.