Letter: Please give President and Congress a chance to propose changes to Obamacare

Editor:

Regarding “ASU professor predicts ‘Obamacare’ repeal could send state into health care recession” published 2/12/17.

The article provides not one piece of evidence to support claims presented. It fits the definition of “fake news”. A “study” would be full of researched data. This one just makes unverifiable assertions regarding job losses, lost money from Medicaid, lost jobs, $3.5 billion in lost personal income.

What about all the doctors lost due to Obamacare? I can name several locals who retired early rather that complying with Obamacare mandates such as spending 1/2 a million dollars on office automation. What about the 116% increase in family costs this year for insurance. That doesn’t even include the huge cost of services incurred before insurance kicks in! How about $6,000.00 plus for deductibles? That article had to be written by the same people who wrote the ads seen many times on Arizona TV news on all stations. Please, give the President and Congress a chance to propose changes.

Frank Ogden

Cottonwood

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JD 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Ogden,

I reply with this very simple question... The GOP has spent the last 6 years voting to fully repeal (6 times) or defund/cripple (54 times as of 2014, maybe a few more since) the ACA... How have they not managed a chance to propose these 'changes' that you speak of?

It is clear they are now the 'dog that caught the bus' and realize they may have been a bit hasty in their proclomations of grandeur with very little to back it up with.

So in summary... if they have not done it in 6 years how much more time do you think will suffice?

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Deva1961 1 year, 9 months ago

Arizona is among the top ten states with a large population of retirees. Older people have always been major consumers of healthcare. Anything which threatens their access to needed care is a thing to be avoided. Our elderly are a huge force in our economy, at both state and national levels. When their needs are disregarded, we can expect a backlash of some kind.

There are portions of the ACA with which I disagree. Mainly the fines imposed for not having health coverage, and the fact that the responsibility for collecting those fines rests with the IRS. The tax man has no business being involved in healthcare. But for this administration to even consider abolishing the ACA without having a decent replacement to offer is irresponsible at best.

Regards, Desiree

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