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Writer used unsound facts to stack deck against ‘Obamacare’ An April 17 letter [“How can Tonko still be talking up Obamacare?”] expressed dissatisfaction with the Affordable Health Care for America Act, or so-called “Obamacare,” and with Rep. Paul Tonko’s support of it. While the act is less than perfect, it is hard for me to understand why anyone wouldn’t want guaranteed health insurance for all. The writer’s complaint is that we (or he) will have ...

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May 3, 2012
11:02 a.m.

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Peter Watrous, Maybe you should really check the facts before you accuse others of using false and misleading information. The sources you list as reputable for fact checking at best lean toward the Democrat point of view. Instead of relying on third party "fact" sources, try the first source. In this case the CBO itself.

On the CBO's own website, its revised cost for the Affordable Care Act is $1.1 trillion not $1.01 trillion. The time period is the same as its original estimate 2012 - 2021. The writer of the letter who stated that the new cost will be $1.762 trillion was correct but the CBO claims that will be partially offset by revenues of about $510 billion from penalties on employers and people for not having the proper health insurance coverage.

Another problem Mr. Watrous, the cost estimate includes two to three more years of revenue and only seven or eight years of costs. In the next ten year period the cost of this Act with sky-rocket. Furthermore, as we are all ready seeing, many large companies are going to be dropping their health insurance coverage for their employees because it will be cheaper for them to pay the fine. Granted they may offer the employees raises with the money saved but a lot of employees and their families will without employer provided coverage.

And sir if this Act is so great, why have so many friends of the Democrats and the President been given exemptions? The fact of the matter is any government intrusion into the market always leads to higher costs for everyone. Why do you think health care costs so much now? First, because of Medicare and Medicaid. And second because of the advent of HMO's which was a Teddy Kennedy initiative. The reason is these types of health insurances allow more people to use the health care system which causes the cost to rise. That is simple economics.

Finally, to this point we have only been talking about the cost to the federal government. There has been no mention anywhere of the increased costs to state and local governments. Or for that matter to personally to the American people in the form of higher premiums, prices for goods and services, taxes and fees. Examples of higher taxes are the increase in the Medicare tax of .09%, imposition of Medicare taxes on sales of homes and capital assets, and a 1% tax on all financial transactions.

So, Mr. Watrous, you see the costs of the Affordable Care Act will far exceed the benefits that only about 15 million people who now don't have health insurance might gain. Check you facts before you make absolute statements as fact to make your point.

May 3, 2012
1:07 p.m.

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Peter Watrous

Since Obamacare my healthcare rose fro $6048. per year to $7642. per year plus I now pay 30% of all costs up to $10500. So I'm now paying three times as much as I was two years ago and it is expected to increase again next year. That does not include co-pays that went from $20 to $35 per visit. My wife was diagnosed with cancer six weeks ago and I now pay over $200 per week in co-pay alone.

May 3, 2012
4:45 p.m.

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OMG...........(OBAMA MUST GO).............M

May 3, 2012
7:12 p.m.

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Wmarincic: Sorry to hear about your wife, but you can thank your lucky stars for Romney(lets call it what it is)care.
Since it was passed, insurance companies can no longer turn you down due to a pre-existing condition, or throw you off for an existing condition that has become chronic.
So, now you at least have the option of shopping around for a better deal than you are now getting.
A few years ago, you didn't have that option.
If your insurance company is doing that to you with current insurance laws, then they are doing it illegally.

From what you've said in your statements in the past, your current insurance company sucks anyway.

You claimed repeatedly, that you pay over $20k per year for insurance because of "Obamacare".

You claimed that nonsense long before "Obamacare" was even passed, no less enacted, so there's really no reason to believe you now.

May 4, 2012
7:36 a.m.

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I will gladly show you paystubs and prove it to you. Once Obamacare was on the table and looked like it was going to pass, the insurance companies started changing plans and raising rates. I would imagine that people like you that don't have to pay for their insurance would not notice.

I started claiming that my insurance went up like this around November or December of 2010 which is when we had the company meeting to tell us about the change. Get your facts straight and don't make them up as you go along.