To the editor:
Last week, a couple of letters to the editor attacked Rep. Chris Malone for his stance on the Affordable Care Act.
N.C. Rep. Malone stated that some of the promises were already being broken and cited actual numbers. He pointed out that the law was no longer the one passed by all Democrats.
He was against a two-tier healthcare system for haves and have nots that this latest maneuver had created.
He was against Congress padding its own wallet with a 75-percent subsidy on the health care plan.
He even admitted a Democratic senator was technically correct about Congress being covered by the plan.
Malone also pointed out that many companies got exemptions and this would cause a money drain for the system and hurt people.
In fact, it is 2,500 companies with 50 or more employees being exempted. A government workers union in Chicago received an exemption, as did McDonald’s each with 30,000 employees with healthcare.
Now Kenille Baumgardner, never a friend of Republicans, insinuates nasty motives regarding President Obama and speaks of Kool-Aide.
Not once did she respond directly to the facts of Malone’s letter.
The (other letter writer) pharmacist engaged in brinksmanship and brought up Medicare and Social Security — two bills that were very popular when they were debated.
The pharmacist also spoke of nameless companies trying to devise schemes, but he did not name those companies, nor did he name for whom he worked.
I also have to point out that he got his facts wrong about a family of four paying only $74 a month. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the monthly premium for this hypothetical family of four will cost $280 a month.
I will also mention that $280.00 does not include out-of-pocket expenses; which were supposed to be a maximum of $12,000.
The maximum was lifted by the President without the consent of Congress.
Furthermore Malone did not engage in name calling or partisan nastiness but analyzed the issue.
He could have pointed out it was a heavy-handed law that only a communist or socialist would love but he didn’t.
Malone is also being compared to nameless people from 50 years ago in a debate settled 50 years ago.
It’s a shame that those that claim tolerance as part of their moniker do not practice what they preach and more importantly they do not debate facts or attack an opponent’s position, but just use name calling and tactics of intimidation.