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Obamacare 'fixes' aren't nearly enough [Letter]

Last week, the House of Representatives approved a bill to let the American people keep their health insurance ("The Obamacare repairs," Nov. 14). The bill received support from 39 Democrats and passed 261-157.

House approval came only a day after President Barack Obama proposed his own fix to enable him to keep his promise that people who like their health care insurance could keep it.

Republicans as well as some Democrats in the House want a legislative solution and not another administrative fix.

But now the question is whether the Democratic Senate and Republican House could agree on a bill that the president would sign. Mr. Obama has now already threatened to veto the House bill, which gives insurance companies the latitude to offer existing and new customers policies that don't have the breadth of coverage required by Obamacare.

Mr. Obama's proposed fix, unlike the House bill, would only apply to policies offered to existing customers.

The Senate Democrats' bill also would apply only to existing customers, but it would last beyond 2014, while the House bill and Mr. Obama's proposals are only for the next year.

The bottom line is Obamacare, the train wreck and health care disaster that exists now should and must be repealed in its entire form and a new plan should now be proposed.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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