Editorial: Stop playing games with Obamacare

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  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 6:03 PM

Repealing Medicare board shouldn't be a top priority.

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goferfanzNov. 16, 12 7:56 PM

It isnt a game, and voters also gave Romney over 48% of the vote and the GOP strong control of the House, yet again. Add in the 100 million who did NOT vote, and in this weak economy the GOP has every right to avoid the disaster this President has inflicted upon our country. Obamacare will be a job-killing, healthcare-inflating disaster. Again, one term, almost 6T new debt, that IS our President.

gutshotNov. 16, 12 8:35 PM

Can anybody say "fear mongering." Sadly, that's about all the rightees have to work with these days. It's a tactic as old as Social Security and Medicare. Thankfully, the majority of American folks are way too smart to fall for it. Lets move on to something constructive, please.

brotherkennyNov. 16, 12 8:45 PM

48 million people in the US are without health insurance. About 1 out of every 7 people. When they get sick we subsidize their care. The thought is that if we had them covered somehow they would seek regular care because it is available and thus reduce the likelyhood of serious and more expensive threatment due to lack of immediate attention. Additionally, one could expect that they would be more productive as members of society due to fewer leaves and unproductive periods due to illness. Regular contact with health care professionals may allow for coaching of better health habits (more information). The goal would be for a healthier and more productive society. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and singer Pat Boone have never been poor and without health insurance. Well, maybe Pat Boone, but way back in the first half of the last century. Tutti Frutti, oh Rudy!

punky2012Nov. 16, 12 8:47 PM

Barack Obama has done nothing but LIE about everything he has done, not the least of which is the TRUE COST of his Obamacare. Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office came out with a new estimate stating that Obamacare would cost almost DOUBLE what was originally predicted. That's not a small margin of error. That's outright fraud. So people have a right to question Obama and his policies. Think about how Obama and the Democrats jacked-up spending when Obama took office, with his $787 billion stimulus plus a $410 billion omnibus spending bill weeks later and how they BLAMED BUSH for that spending. Yes, Obama actually said that he "inherited a trillion-dollar deficit" despite spending $1.2 TRILLION of BORROWED money immediately after taking office. The entire deficit for FY 2009 was $1.42 trillion, and the $1.2 trillion in new spending after Obama took office is Bush's fault, don't you know...

twspt7Nov. 16, 12 9:34 PM

"one term, almost 6T new debt, that IS our President" And where did this $6T come from? What legislation did Obama propose and then sign into law that created this $6T? And please don't say ACA, it doesn't kick in until 2014. I have yet to get a honest answer from anyone on the right to these questions. The "conservatives" of this country these days are like drunks. They run up a huge tab, then blame someone else for it(Obama) AND try to get out of paying for it.

erikj3Nov. 16, 1210:39 PM

I don't understand the issue with Obamacare. As if doing what we can to reduce costs and make sure that people aren't kicked off insurance or denied coverage because they get sick. Funny that it's the "pro-life" "conservatives" screaming the most about it. The rest of us think it's a good idea. Good thing it's not going away. Get used to it.

martytoilNov. 16, 1211:25 PM

The main problem with Obamacare is that it does not go far enough. What we need is universal single payer heath care. But Obamacare is a good 1st step towards reaching that goal.

goferfanzNov. 16, 1211:29 PM

"""What legislation did Obama propose and then sign into law that created this $6T?""".... Gosh, such a "tough" question, and you cant get an answer? See, each year the Congress passes a budget, and the President signs it. It has revenues (taxes) and outlays (spending). Each and every budget has this. Once a President takes over, he can increase taxes or reduce spending. Pretty simple, huh? (Of course, Harry Reid and the Dems did stop passing budgets in recent years and just pass ongoing resolutions to fund govt.) That said, President Obama has continued previous govt programs = all of the Medicares, SS outlays, disability awards surge, surges war in Afghan, bailouts like GM, green energy grants now going belly-up, etc.....Revenue? Owebama has extended the Bush tax rates in 2010 as well as reduced SS withholding taxes. How Obama exploded the debt is really, pretty darn simple. You seem like a person who pretends the Dems werent running Congress in 2007 and 2008.

pinky1933Nov. 17, 1212:11 AM

let's see, this is a knockoff of the Massachusetts plan that was patterned on the republican idea to save the insurance industry by having everyone be covered either through self-pay or with assistance for those who can't afford it. let's see, as the healthcare system was spinning out of control, republicans ignored the overall problem and then made things worse with the vastly underfunded Medicare part 'D' which damaged the solvency of Medicare. now we see them declare they won't expand Medicaid to cover the most needy and won't work on their own health insurance exchanges to keep control at the state level but will defer to Uncle Sam. curiouser and curiouser...

ruphinaNov. 17, 1212:41 AM

I love this line: "While critics raise fair concerns that blunt cuts could cause some providers to opt out of Medicare,...". There is no "could" involved; doctors and clinics are already refusing to take new Medicare patients. Doctors are opting out another way- they are just plain quitting. The job has become almost entirely a farce of CYA paperwork. Obamacare doubles down on that (in triplicate). Bill G.


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