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Affordable Care Act not affordable

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:03 PM

Tim W. Healy


The Affordable Care Act is clearly not affordable. The writer in the letter of Aug. 5, “Use of term ‘Obamacare’ is a disservice to president,” claims that use of the word “Obamacare” is a disservice and Affordable Care Act should be used instead.

What a misnomer this legislation is. The president said the costs of the ACA would be $900 billion. That’s false. The non-partisan congressional budget office now estimates that the cost will be three times that amount or nearly $3 trillion. The president said his signature pice of legislation, Obamacare would save families $2,500 per year in health care costs. This statement is likewise false, as most everyone is experiencing an increase in health care costs.

With a fragile economy and high unemployment, businesses are cutting the hours of many full-time employees to part-time, as they cannot afford the mandated health care costs. Even pro-Democratic labor unions are coming to the realization that Obamacare will cost many of their members a downgrade from full-time to part-time with a loss of health benefits.

U.S. Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, has called the Affordable care Act a “train wreck!” It is critical that this law, which was approved by the narrowest of margins, not be funded by Congress. A majority of our citizens favor repeal of Obamacare. Is Congress listening?

I support Utah Senators Hatch and Lee in their efforts to defund Obamacare. This will not lead to a government shutdown as the government will be funded with the exception of the Affordable care Act, which is not affordable. This would allow a promised GOP alternative to be fully debated and enacted at a much lower cost, allowing our economy to grow and to thrive.

May our elected representatives be statesmen rather than politicians and vote in the best interest of our country.

Tim W. Healy

Pleasant View

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