In “Just try buying your own health insurance” (Readers write, Opinion, Oct. 30), a writer asked, “Why, then, is there such a furor over the Affordable Care Act?”
The Affordable Care Act is neither affordable, nor an act. It is law. It was rammed through by overzealous individuals who are either politically or financially motivated. To the average uninsured person or family seeking this coverage, the numbers are scary and unaffordable, for the most part. Most of the new applicants have not actually enrolled or been accepted into the program.
Many people who currently have insurance are worried about their existing coverage, and if this new program will have an effect on them. Others are losing their coverage at work, because employers cannot afford the ever-increasing premiums. This really does have an impact on most everyone — either the currently insured, or the new enrollees seeking this so-called affordable coverage.
As we know from past experience with government spending, they taketh from one, and giveth to the other.
I’m just tired of other folks taking. I’ve given enough.
STEPHEN CHASE, ATLANTA
Obamacare is another
Peter Morici’s “A question of simple competence” (Opinion, Oct. 30) was a concise and accurate description of the issues surrounding the Obamacare debacle.
Massive government departments populated with the least-talented from our universities are destined to fail. Like all big government programs, the cost of Obamacare will explode to many times the initial cost projections.
JERRY WILSON, SANDY SPRINGS
Save two-party system,
boot fringe elements
Unless and until the Republicans stop giving credibility to a vocal tea party minority, they will rapidly lose more of their constituents. As a basically conservative voter, I believe it is important to keep the tea partiers out of this, and future elections. They have done major damage to the GOP. Like termites, they are undermining the strong base on which that party was founded.
If their numbers grow, we will lose the two-party system. On one side will be the Democrats, while the other side will be a fatally weakened Republican Party distracted by infighting. We will lose sensible conservatives who appreciate the healthy debates a good two-party system encourages. Let’s boot the fringe (on both sides) and get back to center-based logic.