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There is no reason for repeal of Obamacare

September 21, 2012
The Alpena News

This letter is in response to "Hoping Benishek will help repeal Obamacare." The Affordable Care Act was passed by majority vote in the House and Senate, and President Obama signed it into Law. Since then the Republicans in the House have tried 34 different votes to kill part of or all of the Law. They failed because of a majority of Democrats in the Senate. Many State Republican Attorney Generals, including Michigan filed suit and the Law worked its way through the lower courts till it came to the highest court in the US.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the Act is Constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts one of the Court's most conservatives Judges wrote for the majority. He did say that the new Act was a tax and not a penalty. He also concluded that the tax was not intended to be a criminal fine, because those who choose to pay it, rather than honor the mandate to obtain health insurance would be in full compliance of the law. He noted that the amount is not prohibitively high. He noted that the cost of the national premiums for the bronze plan being offered through the new exchange would never exceed the tax.

Then this news: President Obama's health care reform law saved Americans consumers $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums in the past year. In a statement released by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, which states, "it is proof that the program is helping to make the insurance marketplace more transparent and more competitive".

And by the way, flip flop Romney does not know what he wants. First he says he will repeal the whole Act if elected, then he says he likes parts of the new laws.

Stan Mischley




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