*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a letter to the editor titled “Obamacare a fiasco” by Nancy Steward in the Friday, Sept. 20 Lake Sun.
I read with some bemusement the letter in [Friday’s] paper concerning the Affordable Care Act. I'm sure I have been around politics in this country a lot longer than Nancy Steward. I can remember listening to FDR’s fireside chats on our old Phillco radio. In 1960, I worked on the campaigns of John F. Kennedy, and a newcomer to national politics, Peter Rodino.
I'll save you the time of looking up that name. Rep. Rodino was the chair of the Nixon impeachment committee.
It's a bit of deja vu to listen to the carping about this legislation and I am reminded of the same efforts made by the same party in 1965 after the Medicare legislation became law.
They managed to delay implementation of that law for a year. Further, Alaska and Arizona did not come into that program for almost ten years. The same combination of lies and misstatements were used then as we are seeing today.
I wonder sometimes how different the lives of today's seniors, of which I am one, would be without Medicare. If the republicans really believed all the doom and gloom they spout about "Obamacare," they would be thanking their political Gods and sitting on their hands watching the disaster and counting the days until Nov. 2014 when they would take over the senate.
Instead, they are having a hissy fit because they know as the ACA rolls out it will be ever more popular, and once again they will be on the wrong side of a major program.
Just in the last two years, almost a half a million Missourians have received refunds of their insurance premiums,and an equal number of young people have been able to be covered on their parents health policies until age 26.
From 1999 until 2010, the average annual increase health insurance premiums was almost 20 percent. For the last three years that average is about four percent. For some time now the congress gets it's health insurance from an exchange along with all other federal employees. They have several plans to chose from just as the general population will have in the state exchanges which are being set up.