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To the editor:
Beginning in October, the administration will begin saturating North Carolina with $12 million of advertisements in support of Obamacare.
Before that happens, let’s think about this legislation from an outside view (if possible).
A bill that changes our insurance laws does not necessarily improve health care or the access to it. One example is the popular pre-existing condition provision. Five billion dollars was appropriated for 500,000 individuals but when they got to a membership level of 237,000, they had to deny any further insurance to anyone who qualified as the appropriation wasn’t enough.
Secondly, and very importantly, Obamacare is turning this country into a parttime work nation. Companies are reducing hours or laying off people.
If the base family plan is going to be about $17,000 dollars, a marked increase over current plans, and a wage earner just been reduced from 40 to 29.5 hours, his or her standard of living just went way down.
You will be poorer and let’s be frank: Part time work doesn’t offer much upward mobility; that’s not the American Dream.
Unions want out; some already are.
Many friends of Obama have already received exemptions and will not be part of Obamacare.
So business will shift insurance to the federal government and shorten your hours. The federal government will tax you a ton more money to serve you than you’re currently paying.
With all the exemptions and sweetheart deals for those who think they should not have to be treated like regular men and women, we will have less money flowing into the treasury.
With more people being laid off, the number of uninsured will rise and more people will need free health care. This puts the middle class and working poor under greater economic stress.
Further, the new Navigators the Feds are hiring to help people to enroll, are not required to be licensed agents.
This is in direct conflict with longstanding North Carolina requirements designed to protect the public from unscrupulous individuals who would give out poor or self-serving advice.
Currently, Congress is in an ugly debate on the existence of Obamacare. One part of the debate surrounds whether there is an exemption for Congress.
Republicans say yes and at least one Democrat senator says no.
Technically the Democrat is right, but the Republicans are right on the effect.
The President ordered one of his departments to pay for 74 percent of Obamacare for Congress and their staff because otherwise many would have resigned if they would have to live by the same rules as you and I.
To put it starkly, if you and your Congressman both have a $20,000 dollar policy he or she will be paying only $5,000! With that kind of unfairness, and money drain from non-participants, is there any wonder why no one wants this latest iteration of the health care plan?
Finally, the writers of Obamacare never considered that it might be one of the most unpopular laws in U.S. history and that states may not want to be part of the insurance exchanges.
So they didn’t plan and never allowed for a funding allocation in that case.
In other words, they will have to raise taxes to cover the costs of the program yet again!
I agree with Warren Buffett who was a supporter of the original version of Obamacare — we should scrap it and start over.
N.C. House of Representatives, District 35