To the editor:
If you watched the president's press conference regarding the problems with the Affordable Care Act you would have heard him tell Americans that he is going to "allow" insurance companies to extend policies that have been canceled. Not only will this be a logistical nightmare, but one has to wonder when the United States became a country where the President "allows" anything.
During the recent government shutdown debate Democrats cried every day that the ACA could not be altered because it was the "law of the land." Now we have a president who just decides that he can take a law that was passed by both the House and the Senate and signed into law and he can unilaterally change it? Also, not that I want to question the motives of our president, but isn't it interesting that he is going to allow this just for 2014 - an election year?
The ACA is full of provisions that are an assault on our freedoms. The 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board will be able to cut Medicare spending without congressional approval. This means the elderly will see less access to providers and services. Moreover the ACA seeks to penalize marriage. The new taxpayer-funded subsidies in Obamacare is structured so that two individuals can claim more in subsidies than two people who are married. This is discriminatory against marriage and discourages marriage regardless of age or income. Also in the ACA is the preventive services section. These services include contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and the exemption for religious employers is so narrowly written that many who find these services objectionable will be forced to pay for them. Finally, if you throw in the subsidies and the expansion of Medicaid you will have over half of the country relying on government for their health care. This is the ultimate goal of Obamacare. To move our country toward government run health care. Once they own your health care - they will determine not only who, but what gets covered. None of this sounds like freedom to me.
Wade Patrick Wubben