I’m glad for the treatment Mr. Burgess and the other gentleman in SOMC’s emergency room received — the heart facilities now offered there are amazing.
But I disagree with the description of Obamacare as “The Affordable Health Care Act.” We can’t afford it.
Businesses are afraid to hire because they don’t know what these new benefits will cost them. And when they do know, they can’t afford them. Yes, Britain and other European countries pay more costs than we do, but have you seen what’s happening to those countries? They’re going bankrupt. They can’t afford it either.
It’s true that many Republicans have been against universal health care, but they favor improving the present, flawed health care system. Their suggestions were ignored by the Democratically-controlled House and Senate when the health care bill was written. In fact, Republicans were ignored all together — our two-party government went out the window.
There are ways to improve health care in stages, without all the ugly surprises hiding in a bill so big that no one read it. (I don’t think the Catholic Church knew it would be paying for employees’ and students’ contraception, sterilization and abortions.)
Mr. Burgess cites Medicare as one way to help pay the expenses. Didn’t The Affordable Health Care Act take a whole lot of money out of Medicare to pay for itself? And Medicare is having a hard time financially as it is.
When President Barack Obama and his aides decided to name this bill “The Affordable Health Care Act,” they must have laughed ‘til they cried. I’ve been crying ever since they passed it.