Health care and me, with a veteran's rebuttal

October 3, 2013 

On Saturday, Scott Scoville wrote an editorial in the Bradenton Herald with so many incorrect statements it boggles the mind how we both read the same letter from the Veterans Administration.

Scott's letter stated that he would have to purchase health care from the exchanges or he would pay a fine of 2.5 percent of his income. That's wrong.

The documents from the VA stated eight times that you do not have to do anything if you are enrolled in the VA health care system, which meets the new health care minimum coverage requirements and no additional costs to the veteran. What Scott misread is the paragraph that discussed if you do not have health insurance at all. You could enroll in Obamacare, or pay the fine, or if you're a veteran enroll in the VA healthcare system. Another example of misinformation being sent to honest hard-working people.

I have always been an independent voter, neither a Democrat nor a Republican, always wanting the best candidate to represent the people, but in the last few years I am disgusted with the GOP for continuing to feed wrong and misinformation about Obamacare, downright lying to the American people. The travesty is if they lie enough times many people will believe it, shame on them. No Republican will get my vote again until they come back to the middle and stop letting the right-wing tea party extremists run their party and hold back prosperity to the American people.

Bill Watts


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