Joining the chorus of “give it a chance,” a recent letter blamed “special interest groups” for obstructing the Affordable Care Act (“Special interest groups obstruct health care,” Feb. 5 by John Macatee).
I submit that the GOP members of Congress from the beginning have been a special interest group very concerned about the problems of the ACA. Problems include onerous challenges to enroll, invasion of privacy, cyber threats to personal security, doubling and tripling of individual health care costs, inability to keep one’s own doctor, the mass exodus of doctors, cuts and denials of services, and ultimately government control over our lives. The mandate bleeds our economy with shortened work weeks for compliant companies not yet forced out of business, cutting off the hand that feeds the country.
The same Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who urged hasty passage of the unread ACA with “pass the bill … to find out what’s in it” now puts a positive spin on the Congressional Budget Office’s dire prediction that the ACA will push 2 million more people out of the work force. The ACA expects the healthy and younger 50 percent of our population to pay this blank check of costs and regulations while granting hundreds of waivers and exemptions for favored groups. GOP members were locked out of ACA formulation, voted against it and now are criticized for trying to avert disaster.
The ACA is unfair, unworkable, unaffordable and unsustainable. Why wouldn’t reasonable people object to this ACA and in true bipartisan cooperation start over?
Timothy J. Bickel