The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 8, 2013

End the closure and move on


Daily Item

---- — The support for the government shutdown and the opposition to the Affordable Care Act is unsupportable by any credible economists. All of the information in current use to support this position does not hold up. In addition to an unsupportable argument, the shutdown is currently costing U.S. taxpayers $12.5 million dollars per hour.

The statement that costs of insurance will put it out of reach of citizens is unfounded. Rates for insurance have come in lower than anticipated. Keeping people from health care seems to be the goal as opposed to a Romney inspired health care model currently in use in Massachusetts.

The statement, supplied by the Republican Party, that job growth is negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act has no basis in truth. The 8.2 million people who seek part-time jobs are seeking part-time jobs and not being barred from part-time jobs by the ACA.

Stating people will not have a choice of physician denies that this occurs under any insurance plan. Insurance plans, employer provided or private insurance, have preferred providers. A person's preferred physician may be included or not. In addition, a company may change providers from one year to the next which will change availability of your preferred physician as well as co-pays and out of pocket expenses.

Representatives who have a problem with the law need to work to alter it. Defunding it has the appearance and sends the message that those who cannot afford health care do not deserve it.

In addition, the waste at the rate of $300 billion per day is fiscally irresponsible.

End this closure now and move on with the business of the people.

John Capwell,

Lewisburg