From Our Members

Letter: Obamacare, the real question

For the Monitor

Monday, December 16, 2013

‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance, period.”

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.”

Not much ambiguity here, and no one should forget how these exact words were used over and over and over. People are questioning if the president knew this was not going to be the case. Of course he knew. To quote him: “I’m not that stupid.”

So what if he knew – it’s what he needed to say to get elected. It worked. The president has said if others want to change things, they should “win an election.” He is correct – say whatever you need to win and get your fellow party members to do the same.

Now New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is running for cover, as well they should; they want to be re-elected. The president isn’t running for re-election; the real effect of Obamacare won’t be felt until he is out of office. The website debacle is simply a diversion; the millions of people having their health insurance canceled are just the tip of the iceberg. The big guerilla is when private companies start dropping their employees, forcing them into public exchanges.

The real question is not whether the president knew it was a bait and switch, the question is: How could so many people have actually believed him ? I guess PT Barnum was right.

KENNETH L. GEORGEVITS

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