10:00 AM EST, December 20, 2013
The recent commentary by Vincent DeMarco regarding the Affordable Care Act was a bad summary of the facts ("Don't forget the ACA's true purpose," Dec. 16). Let's remember the law's true purpose — a transfer of wealth to bring roughly one-seventh of the U.S. economy under government control.
The commentary states that it's "about making health care more affordable for Marylanders," but this is not true. Marylanders will now pay greater premiums and higher deductibles for additional coverage they do not need, such as coverage for pregnancy on the policy of a 60-year-old female or a single male. If particular Marylanders cannot afford the higher premiums, the taxpayers will provide them a subsidy. Or, of course, they will simply pay the small fine (defined as a "tax" by Chief Justice John Roberts, although President Barack Obama and the Congress both vehemently denied it) and forego the expense, knowing that they can get coverage only when needed. They will see fewer doctors, visit fewer hospitals, wait longer and face rationing of necessary care. Many will find their work cut back to 29.5 hours per week to avoid the requirement of employer-provided coverage, and many others will simply lose employer-provided coverage as businesses pay the fine for dropping employees rather than the cost of covering them.
Businesses will continue to defer hiring and investments as the Obama administration, often by fiat, changes the laws, deferring some mandates and granting waivers to others. Taxes will increase and a neat hidden penalty will arrive for those who sign up for Medicaid — the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993 requires states to pursue Medicaid asset recovery from persons who receive benefits at age 55 or older. This recovery could be for any items or services provided, causing many of the elderly to lose their assets. Finally, studies project over 15 million will still not be covered after full implementation — we don't know when that is, but rest assured, it will deferred until after an election.
Sorry, Mr. DeMarco, it's not about people, it's about control. And it's brought to you by the people who built the website and who had to pass the law to know what it contained.
Douglas Dribben, Woodstock-
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