Letter: Verify facts before calling Obamacare unfair

Apr 05, 2017

Leslie Gregg’s response (“Let’s fix unfair, high-cost health law before it fails to my letter,” March 22) to my letter (“Actually, our moral obligation is to ensure health care for all,” March 15) is dripping with emotion and leaps in logic.

There are few verifiable facts in the letter. Amazingly, at the end we are told that if emotion is removed from the health care debate, the answers will be clear.

Facts are verifiable; their value, importance and applicability are open to interpretation. Like it or not, this will involve emotion.

Fact: Canada, California and the Veterans Administration now negotiate drug prices. Every poll shows the public favors doing this. Congress chose to block Medicare from using this money-saving practice.

Fact: All other major industrialized countries ensure all their citizens have health care.

Fact: Uninsured people will wait to get treatment, go to the emergency room and often end up not paying. Guess who ends up footing the bill.

Fact: On 60 Minutes in September 2015, Trump said, “Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say… I am going to take care of everybody… The government’s going to pay for it.”

Gregg does not address the above facts. Conservatives have a knee-jerk abhorrence of these inconvenient truths.

Gregg prefaces many questions with “is it fair.” I have a few of my own.

Is it fair the proposed Trump Care bill would have given additional tax breaks to drug companies while millions would lose their insurance coverage?

Is it fair that any senior, after paying taxes their whole life and playing by the given rules, has to choose between paying for medicine or the heating bill?

Is it fair the proposed budget combines cutting spending on meals for seniors and school kids with tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, and military spending increases?

Is it fair that politicians of both parties raided Social Security funds and now claim that the program will go broke without drastic cuts and/or raising the retirement age?

Is it fair that politicians have Cadillac insurance policies while any American dies for lack of treatment due to being uninsured or underinsured?

Gregg asks if it is fair that women past childbearing age be forced to buy insurance that includes maternity care. Using that logic, I should be exempt from paying school taxes because I have never had kids and finished school over 30 years ago.

 

Arnie Knudson
Lynnwood
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