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Letter: Obama’s health care will be better for everyone

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Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:00 am

I have to admit I am enjoying the conniption fit our Republican friends are having over the coming implementation of Obamacare. As a supporter of single-payer, I myself was not to happy with its passing, as it certainly a giveaway to the health insurance companies who for me rate right up there with the tobacco companies when it comes to moral values.

As we pay around 18 percent of our GDP, while most of the rest of industrialized world pays around 12 percent, the difference is about a trillion dollars a year more, as anyone with an eighth grade level in math will be able to compute.

While paying double per person, we rank 36th in the world in terms of medical outcomes and don’t cover everyone. We let millions go without the ability to fight a major health crisis.

Our Republican friends tell us it is all about freedom. Unlike the rest of the industrialized world, we get the freedom to watch our friends and neighbors die, suffer and go bankrupt needlessly. These freedoms only cost us an extra trillion dollars a year! Jesus would be so proud.

There is a hidden reason why those who control the Republican Party are trying to stop Obamacare. When proposed, the health insurance companies licked their chops at the prospects of the millions of new customers they would have and to evade single-payer, and they went for it.

What they did not count on was that the states themselves could use the legislation to implement single-payer, as Vermont is doing now and several other states are seriously considering. As states implement single-payer, the results will be the same as in other industrialized countries. The cost of health care will fall, everyone will be covered and the outcomes will be better, and no one will go bankrupt because of medical bills.

Sadly for our Republican friends, they will no longer have the freedom to watch their friends and neighbors suffer, die or go bankrupt needlessly. You cannot have everything.

I have to admit the president played his cards beautifully.

John Lucas


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:48 am on Mon, Oct 7, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Off topic, Mr. Kindseth?

    Just how is my comment "way off topic?"

    Perhaps you should revisit the Republican debates of 2012 during which Ron Paul was asked a question about treating a person without insurance.

    From ABC news:

    "If it was up to Ron Paul, or many of the Tea Party audience members at Monday night’s GOP presidential debate, churches, not the federal government, would help foot the bill for the medical costs of America’s 50 million residents living without health insurance.

    CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer’s hypothetical question about whether an uninsured 30-year-old working man in coma should be treated prompted one of the most boisterous moments of audience participation in the CNN/Tea Party Express.

    “What he should do is whatever he wants to do and assume responsibility for himself,” Paul responded, adding, “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risk. This whole idea that you have to compare and take care of everybody…”

    The audience erupted into cheers, cutting off the Congressman’s sentence.

    After a pause, Blitzer followed up by asking “Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?” to which a small number of audience members shouted “Yeah!”

    Incorrect? NO. Cold Blooded Republican TEA Party members? YES.

  • John Kindseth posted at 9:45 pm on Sat, Oct 5, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 246

    way off topic and incorrect.

  • John Lucas posted at 7:41 pm on Sat, Oct 5, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    The interesting thing Joanne is the most important thing is for a person being able to see a doctor when sick and preventative care. The other countries with universal healthcare have different types of delivery systems(single payer, health insurance companies, socialistic) but the big savings come from seeing a doctor and getting disease treated earlier. The american brand of universal healthcare which keeps people from going to the doctor until emergency room time is the reason we spend so much on healthcare and these emergency room visits by the uninsured drive up health premiums for everyone else from $1000 to $2000 a year. it is insane.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:12 am on Sat, Oct 5, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Great letter, Mr. Lucas.

    Unfortunately, most of this will be lost on the Republican majority here in Lodi (according to the LNS editorial in today's paper) who no doubt cheer for people to die rather than get ANY healthcare, affordable or not.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:51 am on Sat, Oct 5, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    What will Obamacare cost you?


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