A Perspective on Obamacare Apr 15, 2014

By Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.

It seems to me that what we need is an unbiased, objective summary, in layman's terms, of what exactly the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act is supposed to provide to the citizens of this great nation. That would be useful and informative in helping us understand the objective and true cost of this massive piece of legislation that is roughly, 2,800 pages long with 23 new taxes and some tax credits buried within it, not to mention several hundred specific provisions and exceptions. I realize that Senator Nancy Pelosi said we "have to approve this Bill so that we can find out what is in it", but she really wasn't serious about that was she?

We should also discuss the increased level of bureaucracy created to administer this program, specifically the number and cost of additional Internal Revenue Service agents and supervisory personnel, and how health care is to be delivered to 40 million more people with the same number of physicians.

I would also appreciate the mainstream media's accurate reporting, not just on the number of sign-ups to Obamacare on the government website, but how many people lost insurance coverage when the law came into effect. I am actually one of those.

Finally, how does this law, dealing with about one-sixth of our economy, help advance us? How does President Obama's "pen and phone" help our economy grow with his advocacy of "equal pay for equal work" and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour? Just how do all these actions help put people back to work, grow our economy and lower our $17.3 trillion debt, which, by the way, equates to roughly $106,000 per working American?

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