July 13, 2013

Letters to the editor: Liberal bias clouds view of Obamacare

Your editorial section just can't resist the Herald's liberal bias -- again ("Our View: Obamacare delay a gift to critics of reform," July 8).

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A recent editorial about the delay in implementing a provision of the Affordable Care Act didn’t take note of President Obama’s exaggerations about the law’s benefits, a reader says.

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"It's big, it's complicated and few people know what's really in it."

Neither you nor your staff have read this 2,400-page monstrosity.

It is not supported by the majority of citizens, and two-plus years after being forced down the throats of the public, it is admittedly unmanageable and not able to be set up by October 2013.

You say critics "attack the uncertainty of the health care reform program" after it "projected the collection of $10 billion in penalties" and say "it is too big and too complex to ever work."

Max Baucus, an architect of this bill, says it is heading for "a train wreck."

The Government Accountability Office judges the cost to run billions over Obama's initial lies. Yes, lies, such as reducing costs, ability to keep our present doctors, a myriad of hidden taxes, buried in the "Foggy Bottom" of this failed attempt to rewrite medical care, instead of correcting its faults -- mainly financial solvency.

Taking $800 billion out of Medicare was the answer? They are fools!

The Affordable Care Act "is still the country's best bet to organize a more efficient and effective health care system."

How? You give no specifics to your claim -- none!

There are two: "children's" care, up to age 26, and forced acceptance of prior medical conditions.

It seems "far-fetched" that the political delay in implementation until January 2015, as you claim, is another ploy by its detractors.

Were details of Benghazi, targeting conservative groups seeking 501(c)(3) status, "Fast and Furious" and other scandals politically far-fetched as well?

"Further sap confidence in the program"?

You and the Obama administration ignore the imploding of this foolishness and your "view" adds to the deception.

Your view is not worth reading. Nor is the Herald, which we are canceling because it has no balance!

Walter Gilpin


Failure to expand Medicaid puts politics before people

On behalf of Homeless Voices for Justice, with whom I am an advocate, I would like to express our disappointment over the governor's veto of L.D. 1066. This bill would have expanded Medicaid to nearly 70,000 Mainers who are unable to afford health care on their own.

For someone who has said he will put people before politics time and time again, we are quite saddened to see that Gov. LePage did just the opposite when given that opportunity.

Expanding access to health care for tens of thousands of Maine people is putting people first and is the right thing to do.

Homeless Voices for Justice operates out of Preble Street, and every day we see how important health care is to our community. MaineCare allows our members to see a doctor for preventative care and get the necessary mental health and substance abuse services they need to help overcome illness and addiction. Having MaineCare provides peace of mind, and it most certainly saves lives.

But my interest in MaineCare expansion is much more personal. I am one of the 10,500 people who will lose their MaineCare coverage as of Jan. 1, 2014.

Thankfully, being a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I'm also covered through the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides most of the services I need today. But as I don't have a service-connected disability, Maine- Care covers the critical health services I need that the VA does not.

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