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Editorial: No close call, no middle ground on Affordable Care Act
By Tom Leytham
Recently stepped-up efforts to camouflage Obamacare (ACA) as something not that horrible has exposed an unsettling trend.
(Quick recap: A number of health-care providers predicted that the costs of insurance would go up -- not down as promised by the administration -- if the ACA became law and, in due time, these providers were proven correct on that point. These same medical professionals were also proven all too accurate in their prophecy that your coverage and provider would not be guaranteed as advertised).
The trend of pretending Obamacare has somehow come close to fulfilling its promises in spite of all evidence to the contrary reveals an odd sense of priorities among the remaining proponents of ACA.
It is now becoming more obvious by the day that too many of these proponents are fully capable of caring much more about the “Obama” in Obamacare than they care about the “health” in health care.
This may also explain the persistent false belief among many Obamacare supporters that only Obamacare supporters ever cared about improving things. This is ironic because these supporters actually seem to care mostly about giving someone credit for improving health care when that person has actually made things much worse.
People are suffering over this. It isn’t cute anymore. Those who know Obamacare is a mess but zip their lips because they prefer America one day has a single payer system (or because of loyalty to a political party) are ignoring the struggle of our neighbors who must now deal with higher costs, greater bureaucracy, broken promises, incompetent implementation, unintended but predictable gaps in care, and the economic catastrophe that defines ACA. They stand by and watch in silence instead of standing up for their principles by admitting the ACA has actually made things worse.
This criticism does not even take into account the over-reach of authority or the lack of malpractice reform, which are additional problems found in ACA, or not found in ACA, as the case may be.
For anyone tempted to let rich and famous celebrities convince you to ignore the failures of ACA or to just not care at all anymore because of the drama associated with having to disagree with one of these stars (or one of your friends influenced by them), here is a friendly reminder: ACA is bad for every neighbor you love, every member of your family, the future of your country, and it is bad for you. In fact it’s an unholy disgrace. Anyone trying to tell you otherwise has a serious knowledge deficit or a major agenda -- with no exceptions.
This is not a close call and on this particular issue there is no middle ground.
After all, if the ACA actually helps more than it hurts the average citizen, then why would anyone need to lie about it before the 2012 election and why would there be such a need to heavily advertise how great it is after the election?
(I suppose you could blame those who told you the truth about this law to begin with but that would be a rather classic example of shooting the messenger.)
Tom Leytham is a medical professional who served in the La Vernia area until he returned to practice at the University of South Alabama, where he studied.
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