Among the many pejorative labels applied to President Obama and his signature accomplishment thus far, the Affordable Care Act, has been the misnomer of “socialist.”
This label has appeared in some commentaries and from some readers in their letters to the editor. Opponents of this Supreme Court-sanctioned law diminish their argument when they foolishly use this term.
For the record, the law, also known as Obamacare, is not a socialist program. It is based on free-market principles that encourage competition among private insurance companies. There is no government ownership in this arrangement.
The prototype for the act was largely developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation in 1993 as an alternative to Hillarycare.
It was later endorsed and put into play by none other than Mitt Romney, when he was governor of Massachusetts. Say what you will about Romney, but I’ve not heard him referred to by anyone on the right as a socialist.
I believe the Affordable Care Act is a giant step forward in providing much better health-care delivery than we have had.
I understand that many will disagree. I would hope that in the future they do so based on substantive argument as opposed to using trigger words intended to rile up the conservative base.
Vote for Issue 1
Services for those with addictions and mental health issues are critical to the overall health of our community. By passing Issue 1 on Nov. 5, you help to maintain these services.
One in three adults have mental health issues at some time in their lives, and many of their family members and friends are also affected.
Uncontrolled addictions rob people of productive lives, affecting the ability of the entire community to thrive and grow to its full potential.
Please consider a vote for Issue 1 on Nov. 5. This is not a new tax. Both you and your community will benefit, now and in the future.
Patricia C. Roy
Competition in health care
I read the Oct. 16 letter “Got an alternative for health reform?” that basically asked the question: The Affordable Care Act isn’t popular, but does anyone have any better ideas?”
I’d like to say that, yes, I do have an idea: Do away with the interstate commerce regulations preventing insurance companies from competing across state lines, in much the same way the auto insurance industry is now run.
Eliminating these regulations would force health insurance providers all over the county to compete with each other, driving down prices and premiums. In this way, insurance becomes affordable, and it’s still a private enterprise and not run by the government.
Tea party means trouble
I am registered as a Republican; I am not registered to vote for the tea party. If the tea party continues to hijack the Republican Party, I will no longer be affiliated with the Republican Party.
The tea party terrorists, who are willing to hold hostage the economy of the United States to get their all-or-nothing demands, are destroying our country. They have just cost our country at least $12 billion by holding the economy hostage, and paying federal workers not to go to work.
I am a Republican who hates what the tea party is doing to the Republican Party. Do you hear me, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci?