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October 10, 2013

Give the Law a Chance to Work


Carriage Towne News

---- — Give the Law a Chance to Work

I recently wrote an article in favor of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). Mr. Parent wrote a rebuttal to my letter and I respect that, but there are a few things I must take issue with.

In his reference rebuttal, Mr. Parent states, ”Mr. Robert Grier writes constantly in favor of the Affordable Care Act, and why not? He certainly has reasons to be happy about what benefits he believes it will provide for him and the “lower middle class.”

Respectfully, I have a newsflash for Mr. Parent: ObamaCare will not affect me at all, but if it did, that would be none of Mr. Parent’s business.

When Mr. Parent talks about “lower middle-class,” what does he mean? Is Mr. Parent saying that I am lower middle-class?

I have an engineering degree, a degree in psychology, served honorably in the Army, ran a steel fabricating company for 20 years, paid my taxes, never collected a welfare check and I end up being lower middle class! Holy smokes: is there no justice? What happened to the American dream? How does Mr. Parent know that I am lower middle-class – has he gone through my trash, has he tapped my phone? Does Mr. Parent work for the government?

So, enough with the foolish talk.

Because I value my time as most readers do, I fast forwarded to the core of Mr. Parent’s article. He states, “how can a family barely making ends meet afford a minimal monthly payment of say $700 for a family of four. Where pray tell did he get this stuff from?

So how much will ObamaCare premiums cost? First of all, it depends on where you live. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the average national premium for an individual policy will be $328 in 2014, before including any of the tax credits that will be available to low and middle income Americans to help them purchase coverage.

So who should I believe? Remember, these right wingers told us that ObamaCare was going to have death squads “euthanizing” grandma. I hid my grandmother under the bed for four months.

Now, to Rep. Kappler.

In the referenced article, I asked the honorable representative one simple question, “does the New Hampshire Health Plan (which is a high risk pool) cover existing conditions”? Not being covered for existing conditions or dropped by insurance companies when a certain dollar value is reached, are the main factors that force most middle-class families into bankruptcy. Rep. Kappler never addressed that issue but wrote extensively (approximately 900 words) about the intricacies of the financing of ObamaCare.

The way representative Kappler danced around my question might qualify him for “Dancing with the Stars.”

I suffered through reading representative Kappler’s referenced article and all of his so-called factual figures and I surmised that they must come from the same source where Mr. Parent gets his figures. All of those suppositions and projections are just a bunch of bunk.

Remember all these statisticians that Rep.Kappler relies so heavily on took several days to find out who won the election! ($700 a month – really?)

I want everyone to understand I’m not some starry eyed liberal. I believe, as the founding fathers did, in a strong two party system that addresses the needs of all the people. Undoubtedly, this legislation will have flaws that Republicans can help to correct but you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

I have one final suggestion: why don’t we all just Return to Earth and give a legitimate law a chance to work?

Robert Grier

Kingston