Email letters, November 4,  2013

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Don Boyles’ on-line letter (“President’s promises ring hollow, especially after botched website rollout” should more aptly be titled “ObamaCare critiques ring hollow, especially after 2 ½ years of obstruction and misinformation” – as Boyle amply demonstrates.

Boyles first resorts to the litany of false “scandals” perpetrated by Repugnicans.  During the transition in January 2009, neither President Obama nor Attorney General Holder was briefed on the Bush Administration’s botched gun-tracking effort (“Fast and Furious”), nor on its illegal wire-tapping of Americans, nor on its now-embarrassing “spying” on allied leaders.

Likewise, we now know that the IRS was never “targeting conservatives” (but rather all political groups masquerading as “social welfare” organizations), and that terrorists perpetrated the Benghazi attack (even though “that vulgar video” incited other violent demonstrations elsewhere across the region and may well have contributed to Benghazi.

The utter hollowness of Boyle’s critique is revealed by his reference to Senator Obama’s weary misspeak on May 9, 2008, when he clearly meant “47” in context (reminiscent of Romney-Ryan’s “they didn’t build that” farce).

As the Kaiser Family Foundation reported last month, health insurance premiums on the Affordable Car Act’s exchanges average 16% lower than expected, resulting in a further $190 billion savings over ten years and equating to – yes – “$2500 per year per family”.

Nothing in “ObamaCare” required older doctors to retire or others to abandon patients, nor required insurers to cancel “grandfathered” policies.  Rather, we now know that many of those cancellation letters were marketing scams intended to retain insureds by steering them away from “junk policies” issued after the law’s effective date to compliant policies that are more costly than others available from the same company on the exchanges.

Contrary to Boyles’ intimation, “ObamaCare” was subject to months of Senate hearings and incorporated many amendments offered by Republicans – including compensation for doctors providing “end of life counseling” (which then morphed into “death panels”).

It’s time for voters to hold Repugnicans “accountable” for their lies.

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