On Saturday, the Centre Daily Times published a misguided letter pertaining to the president’s health care law and the recent government shutdown (“Vote Sestak in 2016”).
At no point did an action of Sen. Pat Toomey delay any votes relating to the government shutdown.
In fact, Toomey was on record in stating that efforts to defund Obamacare through the continuing resolution represented a flawed approach to eliminate funding for the bill.
Toomey’s objections to the continuing resolution stemmed from the fact that this legislation increased our country’s ability to incur debt without any checks on spending.
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In case you haven’t heard, our national debt has increased from $6 trillion to $17 trillion in the past 5 years.
The rollout of Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster that prompted President Barack Obama to hold a news conference to try and soothe concerns. Technical difficulties on the exchange website have limited the ability of people to review the plans available to them, let alone purchase health insurance.
Further, when people are able to review the available plans, they are finding out that the cost of health care, particularly for middle-class individuals and families, is increasing exponentially.
Forbes estimates that between 2014 and 2022, the increase in national health spending will amount to $7,450 per family of four.
Obamacare is a flawed approach to health care reform and it needs to be repealed or at least delayed so that the most egregious portions can be reworked.
Vanessa Garcia, State College