My Turn: On Obamacare, exactly who is doing the bullying?
I would like to respond to recent columns by Deborah Lielasus and Katy Burns and other letters and posts about the Monitor website commenting forum, health care and bullying.
Lielasus’s glowing review of her health care experience on the boondoggle Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, stirred lots of emotion among readers, not only at the Monitor but throughout the internet (“Surprise! I signed up for insurance, and it worked,” Sunday Monitor Forum, Nov. 3). Millions have lost their insurance policies, have found that they will now pay much more in premiums for much less coverage and have a 300 to 500 percent increase in deductibles. Lielasus was ecstatic that her insurance will be cheaper, her pre-existing condition covered and her premiums less due to a subsidy. That subsidy will be paid by people who have taken responsibility for their health care for decades and now find that they will pay more to subsidize and give breaks to other people. Moreover, these folks will be forced to change doctors, and perhaps their entire treatment plan will be unrecognizable, perhaps less effective, uncomfortable and worrisome.
As quickly as the Lielasus column faded, along comes Monitor columnist Katy Burns, all wound up about cyber bullying (“Wrath of the cyber bullies,” Sunday Monitor Forum, Nov. 10). Notwithstanding the fact that Burns regularly bullies anyone who is not of the progressive persuasion, she railed on against people with an opinion opposite to the Lielasus column as part of “anonymous cowards hell-bent on imposing a bully culture online.” Of course, Burns has her own “bully pulpit” from which she preaches her lofty and self-congratulatory enlightenment on high, almost every week. I guess “Do as I say, not as I do” applies in the world according to Burns.
Promises of keeping your doctor, your health insurance plan and $2,500 savings per family turned out to outright lies. And progressives wonder why people worry about death panels! President Obama’s mea culpa, an emotionless and empty apology to millions of Americans, was too little, too late. Obamacare was a two-story monstrosity built on an idea and a lie. Americans should not trade their freedom of choice for promises from a government that can’t seem to get much, if anything, right – a government composed of politicians who believe that they know what is better for you than you do!
One has to question how a plan that does not meet the minimum standards of Obamacare should or could be deemed inferior when the Obamacare alternative has a higher premium, higher deductible, delivering less care. Progressives want the government to “stay out of our bedrooms.” What about staying out of something much more personal and private: our health and our medical records! In 2015 many people with plans offered by employers will join the 5 percent of citizens who lost their preferred plans over the past six weeks. Experts believe that more than 125 million Americans will lose their plans when the employer mandate goes into effect.
Finally, Democratic Rep. Rick Watrous of Concord called for commenters on the Monitor website to be required to use their real names, explaining that it would make the forum much more civilized (“Make online commenters own their statements,” Monitor letter, Nov. 13). He referred to those posting and expressing opinions as “trolls.” Many of his constituents may be some of those commenters. I hope that his constituency will consider his own form of “bullying” when they go to the polls the next time.
We should not stifle any discussion on something as important as our health care through political correctness, censorship or calling those who do not agree “bullies” or “trolls.” Burns and Watrous are calling for silence and blind acceptance simply because their ideology is in lockstep with Obamacare. Their tactic is to shame people into silence. Sorry, Ms. Burns and Rep. Watrous – that is “bullying”!
(Bill Bunker lives in Barnstead.)