Letter: Obamacare is a key voting issue

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a 2,700-page monstrosity of new taxes, laws, penalties and mandates, approved solely by a Democratic majority House and a Democratic majority Senate, was signed into law by Obama on March 23, 2010. The Congressional Budget Office, manipulated by Obama and his collaborators, announced that Obamacare would cost less than $1 trillion over 10 years. Later, when the Senate approved the bill, the CBO said it would cost $871 billion, and then when the House approved it, the CBO said it would cost $938 billion. Last February, the CBO said it will cost $2 trillion.

Team Obama bragged that the act would reduce federal deficits by $132 billion. A recent Senate Budget Committee investigation now finds it will INCREASE deficits by $131 billion.

Obama said that it wouldn't fund abortion. The Government Accountability Office now says that more than 1,000 Obamacare plans cover abortion-on-demand, and in five states every Obamacare plan covers abortion-on-demand.

Obama repeated over and over that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it, and if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, too. Period. Since then, Obamacare has eliminated millions of people's health plans and many have lost their doctors. The CBO said Obamacare would increase the number of insured by 19 million as of this year, but estimates are that only 7 million to 11 million have been insured, about half their goal.

Obama said it would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums. The CBO says in two years, premiums will be $2,100 higher than without Obamacare. Many people have already experienced enormous premium increases.

Democrats like to pretend the November election isn't about Obamacare, but many of them who are running for re-election are trying to distance themselves from their Obamacare vote. Some outright refuse to admit they voted for it.

Maybe Obamacare isn't the most important issue in the election, but it is way high up on the long list of reasons why the Democrats should be voted out of office.

(Refs: Jeffrey H. Anderson, The Weekly Standard, Oct. 27, 2014)

D.B. Mitchell

Valle Vista