Save 75% - Only $49.99 for 1 full year! digitalPLUS subscription offer ends 12/1
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

When Obamacare goes bust, Americans will look to Republicans for leadership on health reform [Letter]

Laws and LegislationAffordable Care Act (Obamacare)Republican PartyBarack ObamaNancy Pelosi

Thanks to The Sun's editorial writers for a hearty laugh when they wrote recently that "the president may have over-generalized the benefits of the ACA before and after its passage, particularly the pledge that everyone could keep their existing coverage" ("The Obamacare repairs," Nov. 14).

"Over-generalized the benefits" of the ACA? Surely you jest.

President Barack Obama promised with no ifs, ands or buts that people could keep the health insurance plans they already had if they liked them. And the president continued making this "over-generalized" comment right up until October, even after his message was reported nationally as not being true.

I do not know if President Obama purposely lied, was uniformed about the law's provisions, was incompetent or just so inept that he did not understand the consequences of his "over-generalized" rhetoric for the American public. Whatever is was, the president's march to liberal-progressive, government-controlled health care thankfully has been stopped for now.

Yet there are some good provisions of the ACA that should be made mandatory for the private health-care system. And Republicans would be wise to resurrect the earlier proposals they had for private insurance coverage that were systematically dumped by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

With some smart (maybe an oxymoron for the current Republican leadership) design changes that include the good stuff from the ACA, that may be just the right approach toward meeting all Americans' health-care needs.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
Laws and LegislationAffordable Care Act (Obamacare)Republican PartyBarack ObamaNancy Pelosi
  • Obamacare: Beyond the website
    Obamacare: Beyond the website

    While it's too early to declare the new Maryland health insurance exchange website a complete success, its largely smooth launch this week offers the prospect that this open enrollment period will be focused less on the technology and more on ensuring Marylanders are getting access to high...

  • Health site has political overtones
    Health site has political overtones

    The Maryland Health Connection website is certainly much improved from its original debut, but why has it been politicized ("With Obamacare, health insurance leads to better health," Nov. 18)? The prominent heading on the exchange is "Change is here" echoing President Barack Obama's campaign...

  • Obama lies again and again
    Obama lies again and again

    Here we go again. Lies, lies and more lies from President Barack Obama. The list includes but is not limited to: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS corruption, the VA scandal and the Affordable Care Act also called Obamacare.

  • Why is The Sun ignoring Gruber?
    Why is The Sun ignoring Gruber?

    This past week several videos have surfaced showing one of the architects of Obamacare saying it only passed because the American people are stupid and were lied to ("Who are you calling stupid?" Nov. 14). According to Jonathan Gruber, our elected officials lied to us about keeping our...

  • Health exchange officials must work to improve the quality of care
    Health exchange officials must work to improve the quality of care

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness applauds the Easter Seals' recent article encouraging lawmakers to improve health insurance plan benefits for millions of Americans ("Getting what you pay for in the ACA," Nov. 15).

  • GOP Congress won't do much
    GOP Congress won't do much

    So now the Republicans have control of the Congress ("Republicans seize control of U.S. Senate," Nov. 5). Yeah! How much do Americans think is going to get done now? The next two years will be spent trying repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Comments
Loading