Hot Topic: What’s New Hampshire talking about? Obamacare!
The Monitor has received considerable mail in recent days about the ever-evolving Affordable Care Act. Here’s a sampling:
Good news, bad news
Good news: As of Nov. 14 at 9 a.m., the Affordable Care Act website works great. I signed up on the national website, because former House speaker Bill O’Brien and his buddies wouldn’t let New Hampshire have its own site. The bad news is, I didn’t get health care coverage because the New Hamphsire lawmakers haven’t expanded Medicaid eligibility. This is what I was told: “Based on the information you provided, the new federal health care law provides that you are eligible for free or low-cost health care through New Hampshire Medicaid. However, the state of New Hampshire has chosen not to offer you this new health care coverage at this time.”
The national website works fine, but poor people in New Hampshire will still have no health care coverage.
MALCOLM GRAHAM ROGERS
Over the past year, Republicans nationwide have made one thing abundantly clear: They want to make their political careers healthier then their own constituents.
At every opportunity, the GOP has launched itself into a demented state of obstructionism at the slightest hiccup in the Affordabe Care Act’s implementation. Let’s be clear: Democrats are not blind to the need for tweaks and adjustments to the law. Nationwide health care reform is no easy task, and work will be required to fine tune the ACA. However, instead of providing constructive criticism on how to better make this law work for the people of America, Republicans have taken a vindictive path of trying to prohibit access to affordable health care. Even more egregious in this GOP obstructionist strategy is that they aren’t providing an alternative or even the simplest of ideas. The Republicans believe the health care system that was in place before the ACA was the Shangri-La of coverage and affordability.
What the Republican Party doesn’t want you to know is that the ACA, through tax credits, is driving down the cost of healthcare for millions of Americans. They don’t want to explain to you that you don’t have to include your health history in your insurance application because now insurance companies can’t discriminate against you. But the GOP has been suppressing these stories in favor of fear mongering for their own political gains. This will prove to a be disastrous strategy when millions of American families are safely insured under the ACA and our country is saving billions of dollars a year.
Shoved down our throats
I have been employed in New Hampshire by the same company for 13 years. The company I work for is rated by Business New Hampshire magazine as in the top 10. Although the wages at this company are lower than those in Massachusetts, the benefit package offered by my company has always made up for that fact.
We employees were recently called to a meeting to explain that because of the new health care act our company is going to enroll us into a benefit package that will raise my co-pay, and cut benefits. Our current plan is considered a “Cadillac plan.” And I cannot blame the company for its choice. I can, however, reflect my unhappiness at the polls in the next election, as it seems no one in Washington has any respect for the working people in this country. I am sure that many will be seriously considering actions at the polls, as the conversations at the lunch tables reflect much of the same opinions as myself.
Thanks for nothing to you and all who helped to shove this down our throats.
We hate liars
When the president of the United States looks the American public straight in the eye and lies to them time after time, scandal after scandal, the color of his skin or his race is not the issue. Those of us who oppose President Obama and everything he stands for don’t hate him – we just hate liars. So please spare us the claims of hate and prejudice. Obama could sell a bottle of sand to an Arab. We won’t get fooled again.
Obama the dictator
Well, I’m reading about the promise the president made to the country that they would be able to keep their present insurance plan if they wanted to keep it. We now know that he was lying through his teeth, so he apologizes to everyone like this is going to fix everything! They are still without insurance in the meantime, and that puts them all in jeopardy. Sorry, but if this is the best we can do for a “president,” we are all in deep trouble.
He sounds like one of the dictators of the East. Some democracy we have, isn’t it!
I’d like to see how he would like his family not covered by any insurance!
State Senate fiasco
Once again some in the state Senate have shown their arrogance and contempt for the majority of New Hampshire residents by holding their hearing on the Affordable Care Act/Medicare in a room too small for the crowd that they saw at the House hearing. A move across the street to the Legislative Office Building would have avoided the fiasco that their hearing turned out to be.
“We The People” have the right to be heard, and hopefully, come next election cycle, people will remember and understand this and vote out the rest of “Billy the Bully” O’Brien’s cronies. I, for one, will work to make this happen.
WILLIAM E. MERROW