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Democrats' win in Virginia hides the real problem with Obamacare

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President Barack Obama campaigned in Virginia on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAulife claiming that if the Republicans putting as much energy into bolstering Obamacare that they were putting into delaying it, the program would be up and working ("Obama stumps for McAuliffe with as much to gain as give," Nov. 4).

Of course, the Republicans could make the same claim: Were the president putting as much energy into fixing Obamacare as he is in traveling across the country attacking Republicans, perhaps the program might be up and running.

The president's allies in the media have taken up cry as well. Recently, CNN's Candy Crowley asked New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte if her opposition to Obamacare was preventing her from helping her constituents who might need help finding affordable care after they'd been dropped from their coverage.

Senator Ayotte responded that there isn't much she can do at this point since the site isn't working — something the press and the president don't seem to find a deterrent to accusing Republicans of being obstructionists.

Our tea party group has called countless GOP congressmen and asked if any of them have been invited to the White House to help with the program's problems. None of them have. It seems the president doesn't really want Republicans' help; he simply wants to be able to call them obstructionists for political reasons, and the press is more than willing to take up his call.

After he's done campaigning, it appears that the next big item on his agenda is immigration reform. He and the Democrats want to make the undocumented immigrants who already are in this country legal citizens.

Republicans claim the Democrats are desperate to do this so they can get what are seen as reliable votes for Democrats. Most people would conclude that the vast majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America are laborers whose wages don't rise to the poverty level. Assuming the undocumented are made legal, they will be eligible for Medicaid and Medicare immediately. And since their incomes are low, they will receive this coverage for "free," swelling the number of people those of us who are currently paying for our own health care ultimately will have to support.

As we have seen in the roll-out of Obamacare, the premium rates that president promised would decline have in fact risen. The current estimate is that 13 million new people are going on Medicaid. Add the 11 million undocumented immigrants on top of that and the numbers begin to get truly frightening.

The White House is now walking back the numbers it expects to sign up for Obamacare, meaning, the money will have to come from somewhere else. It is something that the people fighting for this should keep in mind.

Most of those running to the United States these days come from Latin American countries that offer free health care because they are far more socialized than we are. They offer other "free" things as well, but naturally they destroy their economies in doing so — and so their people flee to this country to find work.

We need to ask ourselves whether adding tens of millions of people to the Medicaid rolls will just be another step toward turning us into one of the countries where people have to flee in order to find work.

Fred Pasek, Frederick

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