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With the cancellation of policies for 5 million citizens with existing health care coverage — including those with critical health care issues requiring operations, treatment and medications — history will record the impact of Obamacare as a financial and human tragedy. The only words from those who turned out the new coverage is that the healthcare.gov website is under repair, completely ignoring the problems created.

The added and required coverage that the private insurers must include cannot be covered under their current plan economics, and that is why policies are being cancelled. Those whose plans have been cancelled were told by the president they can go out and get competitive bids that will reduce their health costs. That is not happening and millions of families are being quoted at double or triple their existing plans’ cost, and their current plans will be canceled on Jan. 1. What will those poor souls who have catastrophic illnesses do without insurances? This may well be a death penalty.

This atrocity was passed when the Democrats controlled the Senate, the House and the presidency. The Republicans had no part or control in passage. In reality, the Democrats’ primary concern is the negative effect on the voters come the 2014 elections, which could change the balance of power. It is clear that the goal to retain power is more important to those in Washington than the people whom they are sworn to protect.

Question for the readers: Some 30 million uninsured people are to be granted health benefits. How do the hospitals, doctors, nurses and nursing homes handle that load?

DON OPACIC
Franklin Park

 


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