To the editor:
The Public Forum letter titled “Be selective” requests being selective about cutting or not repealing the Affordable (Health) Care Act.
Beware of benefits from a government that is here to help you. We do not deny a need for health care reform, just not a 2,000-page morass of a law that includes hiring a projected 16,000 IRS agents to enforce the law. We need enforcement agents for something so wonderful?
This act is economically unsustainable. I know what the CBO says. But anyone can make a project work with 10 years of income and six years of expenditures. So debating “government speak economics” will not get us closer to justifying the current law.
We can’t speak intelligently about the law because The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has yet to write the many provisions required because our elected officials passed the “buck”!
Why has President Obama and HHS granted 222 organizations waivers from the law? (See: http://www.hhs. gov/ociio/regulations/approved_applications_for_waiver.html for a list of waivers granted through Dec. 7, 2010.) Why did HHS have to write a rule to grant exemptions if the law is so economical and has wonderful benefits?
Government-run Medicare and Medicaid programs are going broke. Medicare has rising premiums, reduced payments to doctors and rising premiums for Medigap insurance. Medicaid is being eliminated for some. Don’t be seduced by promises the government has already proven they can’t sustain.
Let’s provide common sense health care reform that supports a growing economy and decent jobs?