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Opinion

August 28, 2013

Letter: Don’t let Republicans kill Obamacare

To the editor:

It is quite apparent to me that the Holy Grail for House Republicans is to keep people from getting health care. They have tried to repeal Obamacare 40 times and yet have offered no other solutions for health care.

Obama’s health reform law, The Affordable Care Act of 2010, was duly passed by Congress, signed by the president and is ready to be implemented. The individual mandate is an essential piece of the reform which can not and will not be bargained away. Obamacare is the law of the land and the Supreme Court has upheld it. The Republicans have no legitimate way to stop it but they will keep trying. Some Republicans are considering using a showdown this fall over the country’s borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law’s implementation. Another approach they are considering involves denying funding for Obamacare and threatening a possible government shut down. Does this all sound familiar?

This is what has been implemented by Obamacare so far: $1.1 billion in rebates to consumers, 3.1 million more young adults insured, 105 million Americans who have received free access to preventative care. For the first time one can not be denied medical insurance for a pre-existing condition.

Major legislative changes have historically caused plenty of opposition: Social Security in 1935, Medicare in 1965, Medicare Prescription Part D in 2007. But compromises were made and negotiations were carried out so as to make these laws work. All the Republicans talk about is repealing Obamacare as if that is the answer to our prayers.

House Republicans are attempting to frighten people and sabotage the law — a law that is already helping tens of millions of Americans and will give millions more the security of quality, affordable health care for the very first time starting in January 2014.

Please go to your representative’s town meeting and make certain that they are not trying to destroy Obamacare.

Sylvia R. Kennedy, M.D.

Exeter

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