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Letter: Base decisions on facts, not fear

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In a democracy it is important to have facts when making public policy decisions. The TV ad that states the Obama administration raided Medicare by $716 billion is false.

The $716 billion is a savings from cutting back, for example, on payments to hospitals and insurance companies. This savings goes into funding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) which requires people to have insurance. Republicans originally supported requiring insurance because it supports the moral issue of personal responsibility and gets rid of free loaders in the system.

The insurance companies accept this because they will get 32 million new customers. The hospitals accept this because now the emergency room will be filled with people with insurance instead of people with no insurance. Before this reform, hospitals absorbed the costs of patients with no insurance. Eventually, the costs were passed on to people with insurance in the form of higher premiums.

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*agree with math

*agree with math teacher--obama has nothing to brag about.

Thank you, Ms. Whitley

I greatly appreciate your call to rationality and critical thinking. Facts indeed must guide debate. For people who question health-care reform, I kindly ask you to consider the following fact-checks before you form an opinion: FactCeck.org on the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (i.e., Obamacare): http://www.factcheck.org/archives/search-results/?cx=0006724747468019308.... Politifact.org on Obamacare: http://www.politifact.com/search/?q=obamacare. Also, President Obama and the Democrats are most certainly running on the health-care reform act. It was front and center at the Democratic Party's nominating convention, for example. And there's this from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/health/policy/democrats-embrace-once-pejorative-obamacare-tag.html.

Hypocrisy is rampant

The entire assumption that anything is a cut to spending, coming from this administration, is disingenuous at best and hypocritical at worst. Every single "cut" to any spending that this administration has claimed, barring the recent sequestration report, is of the exact same type: a cut to future increases. To be clear, Obama can't say that it's a cut in one sentence but not in another and be truthful. It's like when they argued that the ACA was a tax out of one side of their mouth but not a tax out of the other. It cannot be both, ergo it's a lie.

Mrs. Whitley

The goal of this administration is not to lower insurance cost, actually it has had the opposite effect. The goal is single payer govt controlled healthcare.

if obamacare is so wonderful

Why aren't Obama and the Democrats running on it? It's part of their record. I would think that they would be shouting it out in tv ads. But nothing of the sort is happening. Perhaps they don't want to mention it just like the economy, unemployment, very weak growth in GDP, 5 trillion in new debt, more than double the amount of defecits, more people in poverty, more people on food stamps, green energy agenda, Solyndra, Ener 1, and wages being down, etc.

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