Alan Davis, Moorhead, Published July 12 2012
Davis: Any true conservative would love Obamacare and RomneycareThere’s a lot of misinformation about the new patient-centered health care reform. I’m a true conservative, and I love Romneycare (some call it Obamacare). It’s patient-centered reform first proposed by Republicans (who did not oppose it until President Barack Obama decided to support it). Romneycare has already saved me and my family thousands of dollars.
I’m disappointed that the GOP (which is now – let’s face it – a cult, not a party) are opposing it rather than working on behalf of Fargo-Moorhead residents to tweak it. Obamacare (Romneycare) allows a child to stay on a parent’s health care plan until the age of 26. In this family-centered region, that’s reason enough to make sure that no politician steals it from us. Romneycare (Obamacare) protects anybody with a pre-existing condition from being dropped by a bottom-line for-profit insurance company. That’s another reason in this fast-aging region to declare our unanimous support for it, whatever our political party. And it gets better.
If your insurance company overcharges, you get a rebate. (Many of us will receive checks soon in the mail.) It helps small businesses join together to get a fair price for employee insurance. Year by year, it closes the Medicare “doughnut” hole; in 2020, there will be no more doughnut hole (unless the GOP repeals the law).
Much has been made of the mandate; the GOP uses the word “tax” to pretend that the mandate is not a benefit. Those of us who have read the bill can tell you otherwise. The mandate provides good but inexpensive (and even cost-free) health insurance for our 20-something and 30-something children and for F-M residents of any age who don’t have employer-related health insurance. The bill strengthens Medicare.
When the Supreme Court declared that Romneycare (Obamacare) is constitutional, the GOP attacked Chief Justice John Roberts (the deciding vote) because they decided that he was no longer a “true believer.”
As a true conservative, I’m voting for Obama, given the weird cult behavior by the GOP. F-M residents can no longer trust them to do the right thing. They simply oppose anything that Obama supports. That’s no way to run a family, a business or a country. They were for Romneycare (Obamacare) before they were against it.
Don’t let propaganda misinform you about this wonderful patient-centered health care reform. I love Obamacare (Romneycare).
Davis, Moorhead, is an occasional contributor to The Forum’s opinion
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