The truth on Obamacare

In response to Mr. Victor Reilly’s Nov. 22 letter “So just call it Romney care”:

 

Our resident, radical, super left-wing liberal maintains that Romney-care and Obamacare are basically the same. Romney-care was a Republican-sponsored law, so why do conservatives have a problem with Obamacare?

The Massachusetts law was supported by the people of the state, and they did not try to shove it down the entire nation’s throat.

The increase in Romney-care premiums are double the national average, and over half of the uninsured in 2009 remain uninsured. The people who did not qualify for subsidies did not sign up.

Mr. Reilly asked, “Whatever happened to facts and truth?”, then he says Medicaid and Medicare are “far better managed” than for-profit companies.

Apparently, he does not know that Medicare Fraud cost U.S. Taxpayers $60 billion a year.

Mr. Reilly states that “Massachusetts has had no problem switching to Obamacare.

The fact is that not one single person in the state is on Obamacare. They are exempt. All Massachusetts had to do is add a few required benefits and raise the premiums.

His biggest lie is that expanding state Medicaid would “hardly cost us a dime.” Lowell Greenbaum tells the same lie in his letter to the editor Nov. 25, “Deal refuses needed funds.”

The feds would pay 100 percent for three years and 90 percent the fourth year. The fourth year, Georgia would pay for 10 percent of the people receiving free Medicaid.

Even if it only cost $100 per month per person, the cost to Georgia taxpayers would be $72 million per year. A more reasonable estimate would be $300 to $400 per month, per person.

Hardly a dime? Whatever happened to facts and truth?

Mr. Reilly cites Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky as a fine example of Obamacare enrollment success. Our dear leader says “40,000 people enrolled in the ACA in the state of Kentucky.”

That’s a lie! The Department of Health and Human services reports 5,586 people enrolled. The other 35,000 went straight to free Medicaid (source: the Chronicle Nov. 24, HHS report).

I can only ask, “Whatever happened to facts and truth?”

John Sullivent

Harlem

 

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