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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 8

August 08, 2013

A model to replace Obamacare

To the editor:

Remember when U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, in reference to Obamacare: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it?” Well, it’s been three years, and we are all finding out how devastating the effects of the bill are on hardworking families and small businesses across the country. That is why Obamacare’s unpopularity is now reaching critical mass, even among traditionally loyal Democratic voters. Many in the Democratic base are in open revolt and are speaking out against this misguided piece of legislation.

Last month, representatives of three of the largest unions sent a letter to Sen. Harry Reid and Pelosi, writing: “When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act, you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. We can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and well-being of our members along with millions of other hard-working Americans.”

The sad reality is that Obamacare cannot work because it violates basic economic principles. Cost and quality can only be effectively controlled when individuals in the marketplace control the system, not government bureaucrats or “experts” in the Independent Payment Advisory Board. When politicians and bureaucrats take our money via taxes and (minus the bureaucracy cost) spend it on our health care, the cost and quality of health care procedures are ignored because it is not their money and the procedure is not being performed on them.

Regardless of the number of flowery speeches that President Obama and his congressional supporters deliver about Obamacare, the fact remains that the burdensome red-tape mandates in this bill are hurting working families and small businesses. Mass layoffs, reductions in work hours, tax hikes, and an exodus of doctors and health care providers abandoning entire states are only sad symptoms of this diseased legislation.

We must repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care system that controls costs and improves the quality of care. We can reduce the long-term cost of health care by increasing competition using the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan as a model. This model will empower health care consumers and dissolve all the Obamacare panels that were created to take away the health care choice and freedom of the American people. Once you cede liberty in any form, whether it is economic or health care, the costs of reacquiring it are unimaginable.

Dan Bongino
Frederick, Md.

Editor’s note: Dan Bongino is a Republican candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.


We need to keep history in our schools

To the editor:

It is imperative that we and our children read about the historical evolution of every country we encounter and with whom we interact. How else can we intelligently assess the stimulus behind their responses and actions to world events?

This enables us to make wise decisions on behalf of our nation with regards to our political arena and world affairs as they impact us. We reside in the United States, which is presently and will subsequently remain multicultural. It is a fact that history teaches. We need to keep history in our elementary schools.

Sandra R. Shirey
Hagerstown

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