Obamacare opponents are not telling you the whole story

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Opponents of Obamacare (otherwise known as the Affordable Health Care Act) say it should be repealed or defunded because a majority of Americans oppose it. But let’s look at those poll numbers more carefully.

The polls show that 54% oppose and 43% are in favor, but amongst those who oppose the law, 16% oppose it because it is not liberal enough. When you add that 16% to the 43%, it means that 59% favor Obamacare.

Opponents say that even unions oppose Obamacare. But the feature unions oppose is the tax on expensive Cadillac plans that some unions have themselves negotiated. It’s stretching a point to say unions oppose Obamacare.

Opponents say government should stay out of health care. But Medicare is a government program and is widely popular. No politician would dare propose to repeal or defund Medicare.

Opponents of Obamacare point out that health care costs are increasing. The cost of private health care insurance has increased almost every year for the past several decades. Just ask any employer who provides health care insurance.

Some say competition is the answer. Obamacare health care exchanges have introduced more competition with promising initial results.

Using evidence-based medicine has the potential of saving billions of dollars. When outcomes are similar, only the less expensive procedure, treatment, or medicine would be paid for. Opponents say this is “getting between you and your doctor” or “death panels,” but the potential savings are huge and it is inevitable that this approach will eventually be adopted.

We know what needs to be done, if only we would have the political will to do it.

 

John B. Caron
Greenwich

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