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Healthcare in America

EDITOR:

Failure to overhaul Obamacare was heralded by the left as a great victory for Americans. Are we so delusional that we don’t understand that Obamacare was created to get a government controlled plan without consideration of the financial and social costs?

Unforgettable quotes came out of the process with no Republican support:

Nancy Pelosi: “We have to pass this plan so you can see what’s in it!” All 13,000 pages!!

Barack Obama: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor; if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” A known lie.

Is this how we pass important legislation?

Five states and 1,000 counties have only one insurer today. Medicaid expanded to include working age, able-bodied adults above the poverty line and now includes 72 million people. Medicaid will cost more than $400 billion/year in 2020. The Republican plan was for block grants to the states to avoid bankrupting the government, which is you. Do you spend your money with no budget?

Average Obamacare premiums will increase by 25 percent in 2017, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Some state increases are more than 100 percent. Premiums were supposed to go down.

We need healthcare reform that starts to bend the cost curve. Obamacare is one size fits all. Is that sensible in a diverse country of 324 million people? My healthcare needs were very different at age 25 than at age 50.

Tom McClintock and others are trying to design a solution that provides healthcare access that is affordable. Tom sits on the budget committee. He is rightly worried that we are spending beyond our means. We accumulated an additional $10 trillion of national debt under Obama for a total of $20 trillion. Our deficit spending is over $400 billion/year. We need solutions to our entitlement costs that the economy can actually support, not just what we want. There really is no free lunch in the long run.

DARWIN THRONE
El Dorado Hills

Letter to the Editor

Discussion | 4 comments

  • NoraMay 04, 2017 - 9:08 am

    Sorry, DT, but the Republican rush to get a health care bill passed today is exactly what the Dems did, on steroids. They have no viable plan, then cobbled something together last night that none of them have read, and has no chance of passing the Senate. It hasn't been scored budget wise, and is based on a pack of lies, as is virtually everything Trump proposes. The one thing it will do for sure is give a 7 million dollar tax cut to each and every one of the richest people in America. In short, they took a very bad bill proposal and actually made it worse. Let's hope this is the end for McClintock, a rubber stamp of whatever garbage falls out of Trump's mouth. He's a menace to the nation's health and safety. He has to go.

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  • Terry HalvorsonMay 09, 2017 - 10:04 pm

    Mr Throne Can you explain to me how a bill that will cause millions of Americans to lose their healthcare, and throw people with pre-existing conditions under the bus, good for America? There is no evidence that the AHCA will reduce healthcare costs but plenty to show it will increase it. You say McClintock and others designed this solution? Why did they rush it through a vote in the house without having the neutral Congressional Budget Office analyze it first? Because they knew it was a terrible bill and as usual the GOP has no real plan other than repealing Obamacare. The real solution would have been to tweak Obamacare which is a huge success in states like California that have embraced healthcare for all. The result of this poorly written legislation will be historic. The politicians like McClintock responsible for this DOA bill will finally be held responsible for this mess and their attack on the middle class and they will be voted out of office. The day the house passed this piece of crap is the day the GOP dysfunction became too great to ignore. There are 14 California republicans in the house including Mr do nothing McClintock. Everyone of them waited for the last possible minute to vote yes on the AHCA. Why wait if it is so great for America? Because they all knew it is not a good bill and they hoped it would pass without their vote because a yes vote would mean that this would be their final term in office. Well their vote was needed and every single one of them voted yes. NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA, HEY HEY, GOOD BYE!!!!

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  • NoraMay 12, 2017 - 12:19 pm

    That's right, Terry, and then skipped town in a hurry to avoid the sad spectacle at the WH which is now known as Trump's Mission Accomplished moment. They are a disgrace and they need to be replaced immediately. They care not one whit for the average American if they voted for that monstrosity that gives Americas richest 7 million apiece, robbed from the poor. They are shameless and a disgrace to the state.

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  • Ann Van De WaterMay 13, 2017 - 7:33 am

    I agree completely! Thank you for writing.

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