Letter To The Editor

I am Republican; I am here

by Rob Prout, Newnan

You were looking for the Republicans. Here I am.

In response to a recent opinion asking “Where are the Republicans?” I thought I might give a little input.

Let’s start with a fact, which is that before the Affordable Heath Care Act, if you did not have insurance, you could go to the hospital, be admitted, and be cared for without insurance. Do not fall for the fallacy that poor people could not get care.

Then you can say they would be burdened by the bills after going to the emergency clinic or hospital. This is true, but Affordable Heath Care Act will only change the burden. People will now have to pay for insurance. The people who could not afford insurance before will not be able to now, which means they will opt out.

The opt out will cost them a fine, which will increase over the next few years until it reaches $2,085 a year. This penalty will include any family making more than $18,700 a year. So think about this. A family making minimum wage who can’t afford to pay for insurance because they only make $20,000 a year now has to pay 10 percent of their yearly income for not having health insurance. This is the same family who could not afford insurance before.

How is that better for the lower income? Companies will cut lower level jobs to 29 hours a week to avoid having to pay for insurance, which reduces the jobs and incomes of low-income families.

The aforementioned is just one of many, many, many points and flaws in the law. Also remember that this law with so many problems is going to cost exponentially more than what was predicted — which will be paid for by all Americans, rich and poor, in the form of taxes mandated by the law.

I hear people say “well at least Obama did something,” which is completely asinine. The something was my health insurance cost more, and in the end I will receive less and the poor people will not receive anything more than what they were already getting.

One last point is, when your insurance company does not do what they should or is not treating you right, you can leave for another provider. Or you can use regulatory bodies established by the government to make them do what is right. When the government owns your health care, who will fight for your rights? No one!

That is why so many people from other countries with socialized health care come to America. They cannot get what is needed from their countries’ programs, and there is no one who will fight for their rights.

The reason for repeal is that there is so much wrong with it you can never fix it, and that is where the Republicans are.


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