By Tom Quiner


“When people better understand the Affordable Care Act, they’ll understand, I think, that this isn’t something being done to them but is something that’s really going to be valuable to them.’’

This was the President’s recent defense of the Affordable Care Act, also know as ObamaCare.

The law mandates elimination of lifetime coverage limits.  Sounds good, right?

The law mandates “free” immunization for children. Sounds good, right?

The law eliminates co-pays for mammograms and some preventative care. Sounds good, right?

The law bars insurers from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. It all sounds wonderful, right?

What the law does is increase the price of health insurance. Does it still sound so good? Aetna and Regency Blue Cross Blue Shield are jacking up rates due to increased costs. Here in Des Moines, Principal is getting out of the entire health insurance business because, according to the New York Times:

“The company’s decision reflected its assessment of its ability to compete in the environment created by the new law. More insurers are likely to follow Principal’s lead.’’

Over six-hundred more jobs will be lost in a city already stung by layoffs.

Speaker Pelosi infamously stated that “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.’’

As we find out what’s in it, we’re increasingly stung by how bad it is.

Please remember, this was a totally partisan bill. Not a single Republican voted for it.

Please remember, Democrats celebrated when they passed Obamacare.

Please remember, that Iowa’s own Leonard Boswell voted for the bill.

Now Congressman Boswell makes unsavory personal attacks on his rival, Brad Zaun, who would have voted against the bill.

Now the only Democrats who mention the bill in their campaign ads are those who voted against it. South Dakota Congressional candidate, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, sounds more like a Republican than a Democrat in her ad above. Look hard for her party affiliation. You won’t find it.

President Obama and his party have inflicted a grave wound on this country’s health care system. It all sounded so good at the time.

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  1. maxine bechtel on October 14, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Excellent points, Tom! Pelosi should go down in history for that “super-intelligent” remark! (At least, let’s hope, she WILL go DOWN!) It’s incredible that so many otherwise halfway intelligent Democrats would drink the poison cool-aid and follow the “Pied Piper’s” arm-twisting to vote for the fiasco! It will take some strong, clear-thinking leaders to undo the damage! That’s where we all have a responsibility!–vote good conservative people in! You are doing your part! So, keep on keeping on!

  2. Rhonda Phillips on October 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Great editorial! Too bad the Register wouln’t print it even if you sent it in! But, they might get egg all over the opinion page if they did that!

  3. Politics Room on November 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Sooo let me get this right…
    In a religious blog you are advocating for the continuation of a healthcare system that leaves people without healthcare coverage on the street. That allows insurance companies to jack up rates and discriminatorily drop people from coverage when they need it, after having paid into the sytem for years.
    Seriously?? I thought that Christianity was all about compassion and taking care of the needy. I guess I was wrong.

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