Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Obamacare not the problem


Here's the deal: Nobody is making you purchase health insurance. The elderly are on Medicare, the poor on Medicaid, most workers are covered by their employers, and any who can't afford to buy insurance will be covered by an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate is for freeloaders who can afford to buy health-care coverage but refuse to pull their weight for the good of society, who want to wait until they get sick or wind up in an emergency room, driving up costs for others. Leeches will simply pay a tax penalty as a contribution to the risk pool. They too will survive.

The only losers under the Supreme Court's Commerce Clause ruling are the uninsured millions who were to be brought in under the Medicaid expansion and who may now get nothing. The blame for that lands squarely on the shoulders of backwater states like Idaho and Louisiana. We are dominated by Republicans who refuse to implement the expansion of Medicaid, even if it is totally paid for by the federal government for the next three years. They don't even want an insurance exchange where you can comparison shop for the best price.

Idaho and five other states are tooting their "state's right" to throw us working stiffs, who haven't a dime to spare in our household budgets, to the wolves. If you wind up having to buy insurance you can't afford, blame your state government, not Obamacare.

Sherrie Goff

Pocatello




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