Letters to the Editor

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Tag: affordable care act

May
27th

VA: Scandal foreshadows looming ACA woes

The ugly scandal enveloping the Veterans Affairs health care system offers a solemn reminder of the problems involved when bureaucracy and politics are mixed with something so basic to America’s welfare as health care.

Even with years to prepare (12-plus years for the first Afghanistan veterans, 11 years for the first Iraq vets) for this wave of need, the VA system is overwhelmed and plagued by attempts to cut costs and cover the butts of politicians. Far too many are suffering, even dying, as a result.

Today it is affecting a relatively small number of veterans; think of the implications

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May
7th

ACA: Should coercion be used to force coverage?

Hobby Lobby feels that four out of the 20 kinds of contraceptives mandated for coverage in the Affordable Care Act are against their religious convictions. The U..S. Supreme Court recently heard the case and will issue a ruling sometime before the court’s term ends in June 2014.

The right would like to frame the debate as a religious freedom issue. The left would like to frame the debate as an individual liberty issue. So which is it?

I think it could fall under a larger umbrella of freedom of conscience. Will individuals be forced to go against their conscience because

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April
22nd

ACA: Health care should be a right, not a privilege

Over the last couple of years I have heard a lot about the Affordable Care Act, yet never truly understood it. I kept hearing about deadlines for signing up for health insurance, but as a college freshman I did not think that it applied to me.

This past month while on spring break, I dealt with the stress of getting health coverage under the Affordable Care Act in order to avoid a penalty. With a job that only paid minimum wage, I was not sure how I would be able to afford health insurance. However, due to my low income,

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April
16th

ACA: ‘Victory lap’ is hardly justified

Re: “Time to take a victory lap for Obamacare” (Eugene Robinson column, 4-15).

This is a joke! It’s obvious Robinson is not affected by the Affordable Care Act, but my family and I are. Our premiums, as well as those of my family members, have done nothing but rise by more than 50 percent in the last year.

My family is barely covering our mortgage and might not be able to remain as homeowners even though we have been paying our mortgage for the past 25 years. We are close to having to leave our home in order to simply

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April
7th

OBAMACARE: Turmoil from law avoidable

President Obama’s victory lap for the 7.1 million people who signed up for Obamacare left us with many unanswered questions. How many of the 7.1 million were previously uninsured (main reason for the law) and how many had paid their premiums?

Setting those questions aside, would the Affordable Care Act even have passed if the president had not mislead the American people? The president (constitutional lawyer) told us the individual mandate was not a tax and the typical American family would save $2,500 on their premiums per year. Both untrue.

He told us Obamacare was just like Romneycare. It took 3

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April
1st

ACA: Administration actions stupid, unconstitutional

Health insurance is not health care. The Democrats need to write that on the blackboard 50 times.

By the time we all foot the bill for the Obamacare bureaucracy, there won’t be enough money left to pay the doctors!

An insurance card is just a piece of paper. It can’t guarantee health care if the providers go out of business. The liberals are destroying our medical system for the sake of imposing their anti-Christian, pro-abortion ideology on the American people.

The recent actions of the Obama administration relating to the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional, dictatorial and just plain stupid.

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March
31st

HECK: Congressman’s positions are unclear

If you live in the 10th Congressional District, you received the March newsletter from Denny Heck. Keep in mind that Heck was elected to represent us in Washington, D.C,. as a United States congressman.

While we can appreciate his efforts to protect Puget Sound, I’m concerned that the congressman may have become bored with his committee assignments. His newsletter actually has directions on how to scoop dog poop and  landscape your yard, as well as advice on using a commercial car wash vs. washing your car in the driveway.

We’ll take our dogs to a professional dog groomer to protect

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March
31st

ACA: Obamacare is a $1.5 trillon budget buster

The ongoing partisan back and forth over how many or few are signing up for Obamacare seems to have overshadowed the spiraling cost of this financial fiasco.

The February 2014 Congressional Budget Office report of the effect on the deficit caused by insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act now stands at $1.528 trillion over the period 2014-2024 This report includes only costs directly attributable to the insurance coverage provisions, so the total cost will soar by untold billions.

The ACA was hyped as a revenue-neutral $940 billion law that would pay for itself by raising $480 billion in

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