The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

November 5, 2012

Flawed reform

While our country unquestionably requires health care financing reform, the president's health care law will hurt patients rather than help them. It is a bureaucratic nightmare that infringes on medical decision-making and violates the patient-physician relationship.

n President Obama's law slashes $716 billion from Medicare, which will decrease seniors' access to physicians and health care services.

n Nearly 20 million new patients will be dumped into substandard Medicaid programs, which are already bankrupting states while federal mandates will increase the cost of everyone's health insurance.

nObamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board, a new unaccountable, unelected board of 15 federal bureaucrats, will impose centralized Medicare budgeting restrictions that will result in de facto age-related rationing of services.

n Thirty million Americans will still be uninsured by 2019, and much more.

Jean C. Kreighbaum,

Middleburg

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