The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 10, 2012

Partisan lies

The Republicans are at it again: spreading misinformation, half truths and lies. This time it is about the Affordable Care Act.

For example: In Mitt Romney's latest campaign commercial, he said that it will add "trillions to our national debt."

But, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the law will save $124 billion over the next 10 years.

Of course, the Republicans don't care what the CBO says if it goes against their rigid ideology.

You see, in the Republican world, facts don't matter.

Here are some facts that people should be aware of: As of right now, young adults can stay on their parents' policies until they reach the age of 26.

I wonder how many "anti-Obamacare" people take advantage of that one? Also, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of premiums on actual health care, not salaries, or they pay a rebate to the consumer.

The first checks are to be mailed in August!

There are no more denials for pre-existing conditions either, as well as no more caps on what the insurance companies pay.

By 2014, 30 million more people will have coverage and God forbid if someone loses their job, their health care won't be lost with it. Whatever they can't afford in premiums, the government will help pay for with subsidies.

All of these are positive things, but to hear the Republicans, you would think it was the end of the world.

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been approved by all three branches of government, the scare tactics will continue for a while.

Thankfully, it didn't work in the 1930s with Social Security or the 1960s with Medicare and Medicaid.

And I'm sure that by 2014, it won't work on the Affordable Care Act either. Because the lies the Republicans spread are as fictional as Sarah Palin's death panels.

Bob McKinney,


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