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What's so scary about Obamacare?

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The government taking responsibility for medical insurance? The fact is that this has been around for more than half a century in the form of Medicare. And for low-income people who are not eligible for Medicare, there is Medicaid.

This is not a new concept ("GOP's Obamacare insanity," Oct. 18). It is simply one that is legitimately expanding to assist those who need medical support and cannot afford the exorbitant costs of HMOs, managed care and other privatized — and very expensive — health care concerns.

When a non-insured person is sick and seeks aid in a hosptial emergency room — whether with a cold or a debilitating condition — who do you think pays? All of us do, through our taxes. This is the system that is in place now. Wouldn't it be better if the person with a cold could go to an internist, be treated and charged a lot less than an ER? That's common sense.

When the anti-Obamacare people reach the age of 65, if they haven't already, they will be quick to receive and implement their Medicare health option. And yet so many of them scream about government-issued health insurance. Are they not aware that the concept is the same?

Sandra Shapiro, Pikesville

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