Democrats will have to answer for the Affordable Care Act come election time

To the Editor:

The November elections are coming, and many Democratic politicians, such as Senator Jeanne Shaheen, will have to answer for their support of Obamacare.

The Democratic spin machine is gearing up for the elections by telling us how lucky we are to have Obamacare, such as the recent letter to the editor titled, “Actual findings of CBO Report on ACA.”

Let’s review some of falsehoods surrounding the creation of Obamacare: If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. We will have an open debate and televise the debates on CNN. We will release the language of the bill 72 hours prior to any vote. And health care costs will go down when it is implemented. To be sure, if honesty had been used, the bill would never have been passed.

Any opposition or complaints that the act is not living up to expectations is viewed as partisan politics. The fact that it was Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, one of the principal architects of the Affordable Care Act, who described the implementation of this act as a train wreck is lost on most Democrats. They would prefer to view any complaints as Republican rhetoric. I would agree that Senator Baucus is a partisan person, but he is biased on the Democratic side.

Kat McGhee’s description of the health care exchanges as being market based using private insurers is laughable. The policies of the 5 million people recently cancelled due to requirements of the Affordable Care Act were real examples of market-based policies. They were free market agreements between insurers and the insured and were only terminated due to the requirements of the obtrusive government regulations of the ACA.

Had the government not offered a taxpayer guarantee of a bailout should they lose money, none of the insurers would have agreed to the conditions of the Affordable Care Act. Indeed, even with that guarantee, some large insurance companies have chosen not to participate in the plan.

Sadly, it looks like the taxpayers will need to bail out the insurance companies because the healthy young people that are needed to pay into the system are not signing up. The sick, the poor and the elderly, however, are not surprisingly embracing it.

The elections are coming, and Democrats will have to answer for supporting a bill that they did not read and that is causing their constituents to lose their doctors, their health care plans and costing them significantly more money, often with high deductibles that must be met before they can even use their plans.

The time of reckoning draws near, and no amount of obfuscation will diminish the anger of the voters.

AL CHASE

Hollis