Letters to the editor for Oct. 16, 2013

By Union Democrat staff October 16, 2013 03:00 pm

Staying the course on health care

To the Editor:

In his letter of Oct. 9, Michael Ackley attacks the President for not negotiating with the Congress on the funding of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

President Obama was elected in 2008 in part because he stated that health care reform was one of his goals.  That goal was achieved in 2010 with the passage, by the Congress,  of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and it was upheld in 2012 by the Supreme Court.  In 2012 he was reelected by a significant margin partly due to his advocacy of making healthcare available to everyone.

The Act was designed to make affordable health insurance available to millions of people who could not afford health insurance, to forbid insurance companies from denying health care insurance for pre-existing conditions and to try to limit physicians and clinics from prescribing, or approving unnecessary tests and medications that do nothing except raise the cost of medical care in this country.

The goal of the Republicans is to hold the budget hostage in order to defeat the Act by denying it funding since they couldn’t do so in 2010.  They demand that he negotiate to weaken or eliminate altogether the legislation that he had clearly advocated, and they had previously approved, and by not doing so he was, somehow, working against the people of the United States rather than staying the course of providing healthcare for all Americans.

Mahlon Conly

Twain Harte 

Republican version of Obamacare

To the Editor:

It’s interesting to note that the only things the Republicans are still going at  regarding Obamacare are the things that pay for it — the individual mandate and the medical equipment tax. It should be obvious to them that this will increase the deficit. Does this make sense?

Once Obamacare is fully implemented, it should not cost the taxpayer a penny. Why do the Republicans keep saying it will cost trillions? Maybe that’s their version.

Bob Gould

Groveland