Letter to the editor:

Health care foes’ motive transparent

Thu, Jul 12, 2012 (2:01 a.m.)

I do not understand why Republicans and the tea party are so against the Affordable Care Act. Why are they against kids and people with pre-existing conditions getting insurance coverage? Why are they against seniors on Medicare getting prescription discounts and closing their donut hole? Why are they against eliminating lifetime caps on coverage? Why are they against kids up to age 26 staying on their parents’ insurance plan when they are having trouble finding jobs and insurance for themselves?

The great things this constitutional law provides can go on and on.

So what if people now have a mandate to buy insurance? Frankly, people who can afford insurance and refuse to buy it are deferring their emergency room costs to taxpayers, medical facilities and the people who have insurance. That is not a choice of freedom versus tyranny as some on the right suggest but a burden to this country.

The mandate states everyone needs to buy insurance. Those who can afford it have to buy it, and those who can’t get a subsidy to help them purchase it. If anyone fails to purchase insurance, they’re assessed a penalty. However, the IRS doesn’t have authority to charge or penalize someone for not paying. So in essence there is no mandate, really. So again, why are Republicans and the tea party so upset about this law? Oh, wait, I know the answer: It’s to make President Barack Obama a one-term president. Wasn’t that their only priority?

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