Friday, March 30, 2012 | 2 a.m.
Regarding the letter, “What takes the place of ‘Obamacare?’”
What we have seen from “Obamacare” is the following: First, the cost of it has been adjusted to twice the original projection when the bill was passed. The current cost of Medicare is 10 times the originally estimated cost when it was passed about 45 years ago. That means “Obamacare” has a very good chance to bankrupt this nation if it is not stopped. Second, “Obamacare” claimed that if you liked your insurance, you could keep it. The Congressional Budget Office now says 4 million or more Americans will have their employer health care dropped because of the program. Finally, when “Obamacare” was passed, we were told it would cause premiums to go down. They have risen dramatically due to mandates in the bill.
But here is the aspect of the letter that I find exasperating. The argument seems to be unless you can produce something better, we need to stick with a program that is almost assuredly going to be a disaster. Is this the argument of the left — that higher costs, potential bankruptcy and worse access are better than nothing? I find it incredible that anyone would listen to that sort of argument, but indeed it seems to be the hard-and-fast position of some on the left.