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Ditch Obamacare and enact real health-care reform

Posted: September 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Health care definitely needs reform, but Obamacare, the so-called Affordable Care Act, is a travesty — as evidenced by the AFL-CIO now asking to be exempted.

This comes after exemptions already granted by the White House for large employers, Congress itself, and other politically favored groups. The only folks who are left to face the fines and financial burdens of this poorly constructed legislation are struggling families.

There is this pesky part of the U.S. Constitution called the Fourteenth Amendment, coupled with Supreme Court decisions over the years that have interpreted it as applying to states, race, and the federal government under the Fifth Amendment (Bolling v. Sharpe in 1954).

Although these historically important cases involved segregation, they clearly establishedthe concept of Equal Protection Under the Law.

By exempting parts of the populace from Obamacare, the White House now discriminates against those who are not exempted by denying equal protection under the law. It is blatantly unconstitutional.

The Democratic-controlled Senate needs to do right by the American people and rescind Obamacare now, before it destroys the economy and one of the finest health-care systems in the world.

America needs health care reform, but let’s get it right by starting over and addressing the reasons why we need reform.

Tort reform must to be a part of any overhaul to eliminate needless testing that is mainly CYA for insurers and contingent legal fees awarded to ambulance-chasing law firms.

Pre-existing-condition coverage should be something the government pays for as a charity, not a burden placed on insurance companies and us premium payers.

Insurance companies should compete across state lines to win business by low rates, good service and cost effectiveness. 

Employer-provided health benefits should be taxed to level the playing field and make the system fairer to all Americans.


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