Repeal Obamacare, a pathetic failure

Judging by the rest of the nation already having had health insurance, 40 million getting their care from hospital emergency visits, and reports that Obamacare has caused 6 million already covered people to be dropped, to now have only 7 million sign up is a pathetic failure.

Part of the scam is to call it the "Affordable Care Act," since there is nothing more "affordable" about it. It is actually more expensive for most Americans to subsidize the 40 million, plus the higher costs and incompetence created in everything that government touches.

Obamacare was passed based upon repeated lies and outright bribery to get enough Democratic politicians to impose it, with not even one Republican voting for it.

Mr. Ponzi and Bernie Madoff look like amateur crooks compared to what the Democrats have now forced upon our nation. Even many gullible Barack Obama voters, finally waking up, realize it needs to be repealed and replaced.

Hopefully this November election will be a nationwide "payback" for this disastrous con job inflicted upon the American people.

Pete Laurence

Clayton

New enrollments prove success of ACA

The Affordable Care Act now has more than enough people enrolled in health insurance plans to be able to work properly, fairly and efficiently.


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Add the 7.1 million newly enrolled uninsured people to the tens of millions already or newly enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and employee-based plans and the United States is well on its way to achieving universal coverage -- just like every other major industrialized nation.

Furthermore, this ACA has already been working in many ways, especially in the removal of lifetime caps on care, the disallowing of denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions and the additional extension of coverage afforded to families with adult children younger than 26.

Now we just need recalcitrant governors and state legislatures in Republican-domineered states to get out of the way and start insuring their poorer and unemployed people by getting federally funded Medicare expanded in their states so even more people are not dependent upon the emergency room for primary care.

Ed Chainey

Richmond

Number of uninsured not greatly reduced

Only 7 million (or about two percent of Americans) have signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges.

By some estimates, more than 50 percent of these were previously insured but forced to the exchanges when their existing policy was canceled. Did we really have to completely overturn our nation's health-care industry in order to help fewer than one percent of Americans?

What happened to the 15 percent, or nearly 50 million uninsured Americans? That is anyone's guess. But it is clear that the percentage of uninsured Americans has not changed significantly.

While very few have been helped by the ACA, the number of Americans hurt by the law is set to skyrocket. The ACA includes powerful financial incentives for companies to stop providing employee health insurance. As this fact becomes obvious, the 85 percent of Americans who receive insurance through their employer will be forced to purchase insurance from the government exchanges.

Even the ACA's most ardent supporters now concede this harmful legislation must be repealed and replaced with common sense reforms.

Thomas Nelson

Danville

Affordable Care Act is unaffordable

The latest ACA "fix it" bill, introduced by Sen. Angus King and five Democratic senators -- a lower premium "copper" plan with higher deductibles -- is an admission that the Affordable Care Act is unaffordable!

Erich P. Kellner

Walnut Creek

Sincerely want ACA to be successful

It's my opinion that very few Americans have access to sufficient data to honestly answer if enough people have signed onto the Affordable Care Act for it to work properly.

However, for the sake of those Americans who want and desperately need health-care coverage, I sincerely pray the law has a long and successful life.

Today's forum question is relevant to something I heard on March 28. It's reiterated here for Republicans, and especially the local tea party folks, to mull over and appreciate.

A couple to whom I'm related are registered Republicans and not shy about expressing their hatred of President Barack Obama. They recently enrolled in the ACA and are receiving better coverage than their previous health plan provided at a monthly cost of $200 less.

Ronald Entwistle

San Pablo

Not enough have enrolled in plan

The short answer is no, not enough people have signed up for the ACA.

The longer answer is that the law is so deeply flawed, so underfunded and so full of exceptions and unintended consequences that it cannot and will not work.

Pending cases before the courts are almost sure to render portions of the law unconstitutional and create additional exemptions. Then what?

Delving a little deeper into those who have signed up, many have moved over from Medicaid. Are those really new sign-ups? I think not.

Of those who have signed up, a great many have not paid their premiums and may well have no intention of doing so. How then can they be counted as signed up?

Cap Harper

Concord

Health plan just isn't sustainable

Purportedly, 7 million have signed up for Obamacare. However, there are no official reports as to how many have actually paid their premiums.

The Obama administration declares it does not have these statistics. Why don't they? Is this a cover-up or an admission of failure?

Additionally, at least, 53 percent of young adults -- those who would carry the fiscal burden necessary to support Obamacare -- have said they have no intention of becoming part of this disaster in the making. Without these young adults, Obamacare cannot succeed.

Furthermore, major polls such as Gallup, Fox News, Pew and the Wall Street Journal have reported that more than 55 percent of Americans want Obamacare repealed and will make that a condition of who will receive their support in the 2014 congressional elections. This is one of the reasons why so many Democrats are not running for re-election to Congress this year and others are rejecting President Barack Obama's support.

I do not believe Obamacare is sustainable, now or ever.

Ernest Hampson

Pittsburg

No faith in numbers administration touts

I have long ago stopped believing anything the Obama administration says about anything. Their lies have been exposed over and over, so why would I believe the numbers of people the White House says have signed up for the Affordable Care Act?

We read last week that they were way behind in sign-ups, but miraculously days later they say they have achieved their 7 million people needed. This, even after we heard that the website was once again broken. Somehow, my common sense tells me that this is not believable.

Have these people paid for their new insurance; are they the young and healthy people who are needed to make this a success, or are these just people who have visited the website out of curiosity?

All I believe is what I have heard from people who have actually had their health care policies canceled, and the horror stories about high premiums and high deductibles in Obamacare.

The so-called Affordable Care Act will mean less care -- and rationed care -- for all Americans.

Dorothy K. Baker

Newark