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Larry Weitzman’s chutzpah

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From page A5 | December 09, 2013 |

EDITOR:

Judging from the right wing’s hyperventilation over the Affordable Care Act, one would think that the Internet is the only way to register. Paper applications are available and several local insurance agents will help fill them out at no cost. There is also a toll-free 888 number to fill out the application. If FOX and the Mountain Democrat spent half as much time helping people as it does trying to sabotage it, the ACA would be home free by now.

Did President Obama lie willfully when he said that people could keep their own insurance? As willfully as President George H.W. Bush lied when he said: “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Presidents rely on staff to decipher crystal balls for them, and sometimes predictions come up short; an erroneous prediction did not make liars out of the guys who guessed the A’s or the Giants would win the World Series. Were Presidents Bush and Obama poorly served by hasty or incomplete staff work? Yes. Were they willfully dishonest? No.

Weitzman complains that the ACA will force people to pay for services they do not want or need: Men will have to pay for birth control pills, and women for Viagra. Larry should have learned (in school) about “Risk Pooling” — the basic premise of insurance. Only by pooling resources can a lot of people get coverage, be it for car, health or accident.

Following Larry’s logic ad absurdum, I can now refuse to pay school taxes since I don’t have school-age kids. Having no intention of using the fire or police departments, why should I fund them? I never read the MD’s sports page, so I want the paper to refund a portion of my subscription. The idiocy of this approach to insurance is obvious.

Part of the right wing’s campaign of dis/misinformation is that the GOP has submitted alternate plans to the ACA, all of which are languishing in/on/under Harry Reid’s desk. To those who make that claim, I ask: “Name one plan … and take your time.” There are no hidden GOP plans, but there is one GOP plan in plain sight. It was originally advanced by the Heritage Foundation, adopted by Bob Dole and the GOP, and implemented by Gov. Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. It’s called the ACA.

The Weitzmans and Ted Cruzes of this world have absolutely no problem continuing with our third-world health care system, with having about 40 million Americans (mostly kids) without health insurance, and with pushing several million citizens into bankruptcy over health care costs each year. What kind of human beings are such people?

JOHN GARON
Placerville

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