I read with dismay the comment made by Andy Kitchen. He said he was 100 percent against "Obamacare" because he doesn't think it's fair that people get it for free. I hope your Sun-Gazette reporter set him straight. It would be the only ethical thing to do.
For other people who mistakenly think the way Mr. Kitchen does, no one is getting free health care under the Affordable Care Act. It might expand the eligibility of those who receive Medicaid, but it isn't going to create a large segment of the population who is getting health care for free. If you remember correctly, the House republicans squashed the public option of the ACA, so the ACA is not going to offer government-run health insurance. Once the Supreme Court affirms the constitutionality of the ACA, people will be required to purchase their own health insurance. Let me repeat, no one is getting it for free.
But it is also highly ironic that in the same article, several people were also quoted as saying they didn't like President Obama or "Obamacare," while at the same time excoriating politicians for even thinking of cutting their Medicare benefits. I guess socialized medicine is ok as long as only they are benefiting from it. Hypocritical much?
Those of us who support Obama and the ACA want everyone to have access to quality health care. The public option would have created a program like Medicare for everyone. Since that wasn't part of the final law, I am stuck with inadequate medical insurance, like millions of other people. Those people who are so opposed to socialized medicine should give up their Medicare coverage and that money should be used for people like me who need it and appreciate it.
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