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Health care is no longer affordable

Posted: December 4, 2013 - 12:03am

Dear editor,

So much is said today about Affordable Health Care (AHC), which is really an oxymoron. Health care may be affordable to someone that has millions, or billions, of dollars, but to the average person it is never affordable. Of course, I almost forgot – it’s also affordable to those folks that are on Medicaid and their kids that are on PeachCare which is all paid for with our taxes.

I can actually tell you what AHC is for the average person, because I’m old enough to remember when health insurance was not available. In 1949, when I was just a little “whipper-snapper,” I regularly endured fever and aches/pains in my joints and other places. At the time, a doctor in Lyons, Ga., ran tests on my body and diagnosed that I was suffering from the early stages of rheumatic fever. A fluoroscope exam of my chest indicated that my heart was seriously enlarged.

The doctor said my tonsils were infected and they were at the root of my problems. He told my parents that my tonsils should be removed as soon as possible. He also told them what the operation and hospital care would cost. My parents immediately started saving money for the operation. As soon as they had the funds available they notified the doctor and the operation was scheduled.

The operation was a success and it all happened without any insurance or state and federal tax money involved. Much different than today, when our dishonorable President is forcing a dose of health insurance (aka: Obamacare) down our throats. His plan even penalizes those that decide they don’t want it. The folks that don’t want it – just want to do as my parents did and put back enough money to pay for health care. Of course, and I’ve heard this said by others – there has not been any mention of how much good health care costs today. As I’m sure you know, doctors, hospitals and pharmacy costs are all outrageous.

So, if someone refuses to buy Obamacare – they’ll probably pay the penalty and go to an emergency room at a hospital when they need medical care. Of course, that cost will be paid by taxpayers. As I said earlier, the only ones that won’t have that problem are the people on Medicaid/PeachCare, which is paid for by taxpayers.

Thomas Jefferson said: “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”

After reading that quote and considering all that is happening today, including the Obamacare disaster – it is very obvious that we are being governed by a bunch of lawless and godless tyrants. I just hope we don’t forget that when we go to the polls to vote in the 2014 elections.

Bennie Harbin,

Martinez

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