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Since the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare,” became a federal law in 2010, some of the following provisions have been enacted:

• No person can be denied insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

• Children can remain on their parents’ health insurance coverage up to age 26.

• No copay can be charged by medical providers for preventive services.

• The 80/20 medical ratio rule ensures that at least 80 percent of the premium dollar will be spent on providing health services.

• $11 billion will be provided over a five-year period for the operation, expansion and construction of community health centers nationwide.

• For fiscal year 2012, $750 million in grants have been awarded to states for new construction and expansion of health centers. Locally, the Belle Terrace Wellness Center received a $4.9 million grant to build a new facility that will double the services offered (“Health service expanding to meet patients needs,” Augusta Chronicle, Nov. 4, 2012).

Although the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the act on June 28, 2012, it ruled out the provision requiring states to expand their Medicaid programs under penalty of losing their current funding.

As of Sept. 1, 17 states, including Georgia, had opted not to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income workers. However, states may opt in at any time. The 33 states that will expand their programs will provide health insurance for a single person earning up to $14,856 and a family of four with an income of $30,656. The federal government will reimburse these states 100 percent during the first three years of coverage and 90 percent each year thereafter.

People who aren’t eligible under Medicaid expansion may qualify for tax credits. Also, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, providing health coverage, will receive tax credits.

Open enrollment for the act will begin Oct. 1. Uninsured people are encouraged to check the online insurance exchanges (marketplaces) for affordable premiums. Assistance and counselors (“navigators”) will be provided at community health centers and at some public libraries and churches.

The mandate that all people must have some type of health insurance or be penalized is very controversial. The purpose, however, is simply to increase the number of people covered to keep premiums low. Most people would be exempt, except uninsured people and self-employed people with good incomes.

There has been so much misinformation spread by fearmongers and money-making propagandists that most polls show that 50 percent or more of Americans – especially those who already have health insurance – fear the worst: that their premiums will increase and medical service will be decreased. But when the act is explained in detail, some people change their opinion.

Like most laws in the beginning, there will be obstacles to overcome as the act is implemented. Some provisions may be repealed, and some amendments and adjustments will have to made later. The same happened to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid years ago.

Republicans in the House of Representatives voted Friday to defund the Affordable Care Act. The intent and purpose of the act, however, is simply to provide affordable quality health care to all Americans regardless of income or status in life.

Isn’t that what our country – a haven of democracy – is all about?

Tracy E. Williams Jr.

Augusta

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bubbasauce 09/21/13 - 02:47 am
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Defund, PERIOD!

Defund, PERIOD!

wribbs
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wribbs 09/21/13 - 06:01 am
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This writer of this letter is

This writer of this letter is a good example of why this country is doomed.

He sees no problem with forcibly taking money from one person and using that money to provide a service to someone else. In his mind there is a problem and the only way to fix it is for the federal government to step in with "their" unlimited supply of money and fix it.

I'd also like to hear the writer's answer as to why certain companies and individual groups or being exempt from this law. If it is such a great idea, why isn't everyone being required to be covered by it?

My health care is my responsibility, not his or anyone else's.

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Riverman1 09/21/13 - 06:18 am
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"Affordable care for all"

"Affordable care for all" is not what's going to happen. Democratics with connections will be exempt. Why not exempt them from paying taxes while you're at it? The speed limit?

Then there's this statement, "Some provisions may be repealed, and some amendments and adjustments will have to made later."
Ya think?

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WalterBradfordCannon 09/21/13 - 06:41 am
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wribbs, how is the current

wribbs, how is the current system remotely fair? Academic medical centers, like GRU, are forced by federal law to provide emergency care for people without insurance. How would you like it if your company were forced to provide services to people for free? The cries you are making, and are hearing, against Obamacare are the cries of people who have been taking unfair advantage of the current situation, because it will require ALL Americans to take a share of responsibility for the health care of all. I think moving in the other direction - to relieve the medical centers of their responsibility to provide health care to those in need, is unthinkably uncompassionate. And I would not defend Obamacare down to the smallest detail, for surely some of those could be adjusted to be more fair. But on the whole, it will correct an enormous flaw that has been raping our educational hospitals for a long time.

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t3bledsoe 09/21/13 - 06:51 am
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HA I must appologise

Once again, I find myself needing to say, "I am sorry for being wrong about Obamacare. This changes the way I will view it now!"

Hope EVERYONE reads this because; yet again; I must eat crow!!

Have a good week-end!!

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localguy55 09/21/13 - 07:22 am
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This article is just another

This article is just another way to show boat the so-called good things in this sad excuse of a law. Some of which were sound really good but if you read the fine print you find many of what was sited not as appealing. Again, I wish to offer my old pickup for sale. It will haul heavy loads of anything you want to haul, the radio works, it has power steering, the headlights work, the exhaust in in good condition, the windows not only roll down but back up again. Now for the fine print, it needs a battery, a full set of tires, a master cylinder, it may or may not crank, it needs a paint job. there are a few dents that need to be taken out. it needs new windsheild whipers, and the bed rattles from some unknown reason. Asking price 10,000 dollars. You buy it then you pay to fix all the problems. This is Obamacare.

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TrukinRanger 09/21/13 - 07:37 am
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Good letter Tracy... The
Unpublished

Good letter Tracy... The republicants have put fear into everyone because they fear their pay-offs from insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and other "health-care" related businesses will stop. The majority of people without any time healthcare insurance do not have the ability to pay cash for medical services or outrageous insurance premiums even if they quality for them. When republicants come up with their own health care solutions it usually comes in the form of tax breaks and health care spending accounts which for these same people that can't afford up front costs is useless when you wake up with the flu.

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Young Fred 09/21/13 - 07:47 am
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I do believe the letter

I do believe the letter writer only read/heard the Obama/Pelosi/Reid press release version of the Affordable Care Act.

Seems how the majority of health care providers, economist, business owners, and consumers thinks this is bad legislation, you have to wonder why Mr. Williams feels the need to tout this monstrosity?

One can only conclude that he's either an unthinking and loyal partisan political hack, or a member of the political class that's seen fit to exempt themselves from this wretched assault on personal liberties.

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carcraft 09/21/13 - 08:10 am
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The price tag has gone from

The price tag has gone from $900 billion to $1.8 trillion and it isn't fully implemented yet. Before the law was passed 30 million uninsured, after the law passed 30 million uninsured per the CBO! Those same 30 million will still be mooching off of the productive. Nothing changed other than the US accumulation of debt!

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Bulldog 09/21/13 - 08:21 am
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Affordable Care?

Affordable care for who? Not this law. Defund it NOW!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/21/13 - 08:29 am
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"My health care is my

"My health care is my responsibility, not his or anyone else's."

So true. But do not assume that everyone is responsible like you. That is why first the Heritage Foundation developed the idea of an individual mandate. Gov. Romney did likewise in his state; and later Congress passed the ACA.

So, what is the problem here? You get to pay for your own healthcare and so does your neighbor. And you and I don't have to cancel our "vacation plans" or whatever, because of higher cost for ER's trying to serve people who should be seen in a doctor's office.

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deestafford 09/21/13 - 08:30 am
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Notice how the well articulated letter emphasizes

the flow of federal money not once showing where that federal money comes from...the tax payer. That is one of the weaknesses of many of the arguments and positions of the left is that they act as if the federal money is manna from heaven. They forget it is hard earned money from the tax payer.

Anytime one hears of some federal spending assume that each family of four who pays taxes pays $10,000 per year in taxes. Then take that amount of federal expenditure and divide it by 10k and then ask "Could that number of families done something better with that amount of money?" It is eye opening when one brings the federal spending down to the micro level.

By the way, those waivers and other changes Obama has made to obamacare? They are unconstitutional in that there is no authorization in the law for him to do that. He is acting like a dictator rather than a president. Of course, he has wistfully indicated that dictators have more power than he does.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/21/13 - 08:48 am
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ACA implementation

There will be some rough spots in the full implementation of law, as with any other situation.

Funny, the very people in Washington saying "defund and delay" had every opportunity to offer constructive ways to make the implementation better but they have chosen to obstruct and, in many cases, tell lies....remember the "death panels!" Even the state insurance commissioner of Georgia is on tape BRAGGING about how he is obstructing implementation of the law. They never had any intention in working to make this law better. And do not forget Jim Demint's statement. And now we are to believe that all of a sudden the GOP has found "religion" and wants to delay to improve it?

The purpose to delay for one year is to allow their gerrymandering and unethical voting suppression to help them win both houses in 2014 and the WH in 2016. They want all three branches or a veto proof Congress so they and special interests can stick it to everybody and the Tea Party and the likes of Ted Cruz will be the end our great country. (I copied that last line right out of an anti-Obama talking point but substituted TP and Cruz for Obama's name.)

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/21/13 - 08:51 am
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Truth Matters @8:29

Yes, but even though there are similarities, there are huge differences as well. You can't take a few gems, bury them in a pile of manure and say “look at the gems” without acknowledging the manure in the way.

A quick google search will educate you to those differences, and you still won't have to actually read the law you seem to support. (Don't feel bad, most all who voted for this never read the law, and still haven't! Ignorance is bliss it would seem.)

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Truth Matters 09/21/13 - 08:52 am
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LTE

I recently attended a forum on Health Care and what Mr. Williams states can be found on the official website. Where you won't find this info is on FOXNews. Change your sources from time to time to get better info.

Good job, Mr. Williams.

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InChristLove 09/21/13 - 01:45 pm
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"So, what is the problem

"So, what is the problem here? You get to pay for your own healthcare and so does your neighbor. And you and I don't have to cancel our "vacation plans" or whatever, because of higher cost for ER's trying to serve people who should be seen in a doctor's office."

Problem with that theory is that I've always paid for my own healthcare but my neighbor hasn't and after implementation I'll continue to pay for my own healthcare and my neighbor still wont'. What's the old saying "you can't get blood out of a turnip". So I'll pay higher cost and my neighbor will get some government assistance to pay for theirs and life will go on as always. Those who go to the ER for treatment because they can't pay for a doctor visit will continue to go to the ER for treatment and those who now pay out their backside will just have to wipe a little easier.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/21/13 - 08:56 am
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Truth Matters - "unethical

Truth Matters - "unethical voting suppression"

Only a dyed-in-the-wool statist would label politicians that DARE represent the wishes of their constituents as practicing unethical voting suppression.

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freeradical 09/21/13 - 09:03 am
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Give Me The Emergency Room Plan

I don't want no " Affordable " plan .

I ain't got time to be signing up for some plan , and making some

appointment with some punk Dr. just graduated they want to assign to

some one like me .

I want me a good emergency room Dr . who ain't got no choice but

to accept me on my terms .

I 've got Jerry Springer to watch .

The emergency room doors swing wide open for me any time , any

place , I want them to .

I got my civil rights .

And they always will , funded or unfunded plan .
Suckers .

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/21/13 - 09:07 am
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TM - "I recently attended a

TM - "I recently attended a forum on Health Care and what Mr. Williams states can be found on the official website. Where you won't find this info is on FOXNews. Change your sources from time to time to get better info."

Snicker, snicker...just check out the “official website” and change your sources. Ya, that's the ticket! Sure to find lots of in-depth analysis of potential problems, and little or no straw men. Funny thing though, hay futures went through the roof when the implementation of this website was announced.

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ymnbde 09/21/13 - 09:09 am
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fearmongers and money-making propagandists indeed

some people change their opinion?
if your doctor didn't have enough parking spaces in front of his office
and you had to park far far away
would you complain? would you then be anti-health care?
if your teacher had too many students to teach effectively
and your child didn't get any help
would you complain? would you then be anti-education?
if Publix didn't have enough check-out lanes open on a busy day
and you stood in line for an hour
would you complain? would you then be anti-Publix?
if an area had a large increase in traffic, but didn't add any roads or lanes
and you were tied up in traffic jams for hours
would you complain? would you then be anti-cars?
if your restaurant had suddenly many more customers but didn't add any tables
and you had to wait hours to eat
would you complain? would you then be anti-eating?
no one is complaining about the rosy Edenic world the O'diots are imagining
but they didn't do the work first
and the reality will be the reality
there is no way it works by adding patients, but not doctors
unless doctors are put into bondage and forced to work 15 hours a day
oh, wait... most of them already work 15 hours a day
this government is the most evil ever illegally forced upon a free people
and people are going to die because of their arrogance and ignorance and
absolute laziness and incompetence
and their usefull O'diots will be to blame

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jack234 09/21/13 - 09:15 am
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Why don't we just tell the

Why don't we just tell the truth about the Affordable Health Act. If it was not named Obama care, no one would oppose it. Rush and others, in an attempt to mock it, gave it that name. Now they regret it, because it will go down in the history book like Roosevelt and Social Security. No one that looks like President Obama should get that much credit. Republicans could have worked with the president to amend and fix it but that was never their intention. There are too many people who will benefit to turn back the clock now. The Republicans were just out done and now they have gone too far to back track. Listening to Rush will mess you up. The Economy has turned around and we are slowly recovering. This President will go down in history as one of our greatest before his term is up. This is what the opposition is afraid of. And that is sad. Who wants to sit on the sideline and hope he fails. That must be a miserable life. Can you imagine being Hannity or Michelle Bachmann? Must be a miserable life.

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Andy Lowe 09/21/13 - 09:18 am
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Your Plan is better?

Well? I don't hear one critical person offering anything better. Just more of the same. Insurance/health care for me and I don't give a hoot about you! Is that about it? Why, did the backassward thinkers and critics who had the White House and Congress for so many years not solve this? I suspect they were too busy deregulating the financial industry so that we could all buy credit swaps and the institutions could sale you something and then insure themselves against loss... that is what the republicans have been up to while the problem of Affordable Health Care in US has grown beyond reason. Controlling factors exists in the form of "overtesting" because of concern over mal practice, "greed", "outrageous student loan costs", "folks that will not take responsibility for themselves and those they are charged with caring for", etc. etc. The one thing that won't solve this issue is the defunding of it just because Obama has been successfully produced "something". Folks, your motive is pretty clear as are those of the Tea Party.. NO success will be credited to this president, no matter how good or practical it is. Even if it benefits millions of Americans. The Repubs don't have enough courage to stand up to a few hard heads. I, for one, will take no more assault on my retirement savings because they won't to hold the country hostage to their opinion... i also will be sure not to vote for any of them. Back to my original point... Where is the REPUBLICAN OPTION??? there is none, as it doesn't generate money for the people that influence them most... The money changers... remember them?

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ymnbde 09/21/13 - 09:22 am
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this is just a bit of the reality coming our way...

just a quick glimpse into the health system our government already controls
-Six deaths have been linked to delayed screenings for colorectal cancer at the veterans medical center in Columbia, S.C., the Veterans Affairs Department said Friday.
-a veterans' hospital in Pittsburgh knew for more than a year that it had an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, but kept it secret until five patients died and 21 others became ill.
-Roseburg VA Medical Center employees who spoke to The Oregonian on the condition they not be identified for fear of endangering their jobs said the hospital frequently relies heavily on relatively inexperienced licensed practical nurses to monitor recovering surgical patients. The ratio of registered nurses to licensed practical nurses, one said, is "unhealthy." But the hospital saves money by staffing with LPNs rather than RNs, they said.
-The cases at the Atlanta VA Medical Center are the latest in a string of problems at Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide, prompting outrage from elected officials and congressional scrutiny of what is the largest integrated healthcare system in the country with nearly 300,000 employees.

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Andy Lowe 09/21/13 - 09:30 am
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We have an example

Ever heard of the Good Samaritan? He paid for another persons health care??? A stranger no less.. I guess that is why he is synonomous with the quality for caring for others. Pretty good example i would say.

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nofanofobama 09/21/13 - 09:49 am
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Defund it. Thank you house

Defund it. Thank you house for the vote Friday. This is train wreck happening right b/4 our eyes. Raising premiums, causing lay offs , intrusive govt questionnaires, part time work , not solving the problem of the un-insured according to the CBO, and the list of failures goes on. Thousands getting special exemptions from the Prez, delaying parts of a law is not lawful either, it's bad law. Some say let it play out and hold those .. ie the dims, in 2014 elections. Heck no, any public employee that allows an on going train wreck and not publicly try to stop it, should be fired immediately. Wether elected or just hired off the street. What the house did was perfectly legal unlike the Prez who just tells justice to ignore laws he doesn't like, after swearing an oath to uphold the laws and the constitution..defund now and thank you again..

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carcraft 09/21/13 - 09:51 am
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I gotta hand it to liberals,

I gotta hand it to liberals, they seem to ignore facts like a little kid sticking his fingers in his ear and screaming Na Na Na.... 30 million uninsured before, same number after, IT FIXES NOTHING!!!! It does increase premiums for the young healthy who can least afford it and transfers that to reduce premiums for the elderly! It increases premiums so much Congress got a special deal with the tax payer is picking up75% of the cost for the idiots that passed it "some making $175,000.00 per year! If it is affordable why was that necessary?

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rmwhitley 09/21/13 - 09:52 am
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Defund
Unpublished

and then impeach the author.

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dichotomy 09/21/13 - 09:54 am
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"states that will expand

"states that will expand their programs will provide health insurance for a single person earning up to $14,856 and a family of four with an income of $30,656."

No, the "states" will NOT provide.....OTHER PEOPLE WILL HAVE MONEY TAKEN FROM THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES TO PROVIDE THE USUAL SUSPECTS WITH ANOTHER FREEBEE.

"Back affordable care for all"

I will.....when I see it......Obamacare is neither affordable nor quality.

Geez, I'm already providing 47 million people with free FOOD, and god knows how many with SUBSIDIZED HOUSING, and 14 million or more with 2 or 3 Obamaphones. Now you have doubled the price of my private insurance and lowered the quality in order to give the usual suspects FREE health care that they were already getting for free (to them) at the emergency room and they probably STILL WILL USE THE EMERGENCY ROOM and AMBULANCE SERVICE......and, oh by the way, AFTER ALL OF THIS TRAIN WRECK SCREWING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS WE WILL STILL HAVE AS MANY UNINSURED AS WE HAD BEFORE WE STARTED.

The only concrete gains Obamacare made were kids on policies until age 26 and nobody can be denied. This could have been done with a two paragraph law and a slight increase in insurance premiums and/or payroll taxes.

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Lee Benedict 09/21/13 - 10:06 am
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Seriously?

A) If all it does is call for affordable care, then why is it 3,000 pages?
B) Why are 400 pages devoted to "Indian Affairs"?
C) Why does it call for 16,000 additional IRS agents to be hired BUT NOT ONE MORE DOCTOR?
D) 40,000,000 more people to be covered, yet no more doctors will be hired.
E) Why will this "health care" plan be run and managed by the IRS?
F) Why does it give government bureaucrats the control over who lives and dies? i.e., who is worth treating and when.
G) Does this letter writer KNOW what Obamacare states about giving persons 74.5-years-old or older who have a terminal illness medical treatment?
H) Obama...candidate Obama, promised to have the hearings and debates covered on LIVE television. Lie! Speaker Pelosi called for Congress to pass the bill so that we the people can find out what's in it.
I) Why is Congress and the Obamas exempt from this lovely health care plan?
J) Why are unions now screaming out against Obamacare when they goose-stepped behind Obama in 2008 and AGAIN in 2012?
K) Letter writer person, I have read through this legislation that is a governmental takeover of medical care...have you?
L) Why does Obamacare give the IRS the POWER AND AUTHORITY over my bank accounts (and yours)?
M) If Obamacare is now the law of the land, 1, why has it missed dozens of deadlines for parts of its implementation, and 2, why is Obama demanding that full implementation be pushed back a year? If it is the law, then who is he to declare that the law must not be enacted? He did this with the Defense of Marriage Act, too. Further, why is he afraid to have his prized joy's enactment in full swing UNTIL AFTER THE 2014 ELECTIONS? Obama is a nut and so are those who just go along with whatever he says and wants without regard for fact and reason...and without researching for themselves.

I have read some pretty bizarre and inane letters, but THIS one is hands down the most bonkers and shows the brainwashing influence of the media. Well, some people deserve what they get, but millions will suffer severe collateral damage.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 09/21/13 - 10:04 am
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good Samaritan? Great example!

of liberal excess
cause the O'cares don't just stop at helping one person
they make the good samaritan pay for every person!
they recruit people that need help so their help bueaurocrababy can grow and grow and grow
and eventually even the good samaritan needs a government handout!
at which point there are no good samaritans left.
the O'diots and their impractically implemented health care debacle is pathological altruism at its finest hour
make our education system capable of making more doctors
it's the only way. There is no other.

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