Obamacare opponents spread false arguments

November 8, 2013 

There's a lot of silly talk about the Affordable Care Act. Below are some badly needed facts:

It's a Republican plan. Nixon first proposed it, and virtually the same one was adopted successfully in Massachusetts by a Republican governor. Why do Republicans hate it now?

It's a law, not just a bill. The criticism/negotiation period is over, and Republicans should help implement it instead of sabotaging it.

There have been problems with the computer sign-up program. But the computer program is not the same as the ACA itself; moreover, startup problems are very common with big complex programs. Republicans should help solve problems instead of exacerbating them.

Problems have been greater in Republican-controlled states that have not cooperated in getting ready. States that did prepare are having few problems.

Conservatives are stoking outrage about the fact that Obama "promised" people could keep their insurance if they liked it and then he "lied." But he can't control insurance companies. Think about it. Would you complain because an unsafe car was taken off the market and you couldn't buy it? Then why complain when substandard medical insurance programs go off the market?

The ACA will not bankrupt America. In fact, it will lower medical costs. Or do you like paying twice as much for medical care as any other country?

The ACA is not socialism. People who call it socialist either don't know what they're talking about, or they hope you don't.

The ACA fills an urgent need: better medical service to everyone, and access for millions of uninsured. We are the only developed country in the world where the main cause of bankruptcy is medical bills.

If you want to complain about something, complain about the conservative legislators trying to prevent you from getting better medical service, and who found time to vote against "Obamacare" over 40 times, but who have yet to offer the first jobs bill.

Myra Jones

Bradenton

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