Letter: The Truth Comes Out

To the Editor:

Several years ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised her colleagues and the rest of us that, “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.” Well, the 2,000-plus-page Affordable Care Act was passed and is now beginning to affect people’s lives. And how!

It was sold on the basis that it would reduce health care premiums; that if you liked your doctor, you could keep him, period; if you liked your health care plan, you could keep it, period. Each statement was repeated over and over by many government officials, including the president. Not one is true. No matter who made them, they are not the truth.

The truth has been in the headlines day after day recently. Folks are beginning to wake up to it; premiums are going up by 50 percent to 300 percent and more; tens, no, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, are being forced out of their health care policies because the government doesn’t approve of them, because they don’t fit the government one-size-for-all mold. People are losing access to their doctor because they or the doctor don’t fit into the new ACA mold. Today’s headlines are saying it’s likely that more people have lost their health insurance than have signed up for ACA so far.

A lot of this information was available to those who read the bill. But not even the Democrats who slipped the bill through were aware of most of it — at least, that’s what many of them are saying now. They didn’t know. Don’t blame them. Well, don’t blame the Republicans either, since they didn’t vote for it and were shut out of the process of creating the bill in the first place.

Guess what? This same administration is planning on bringing up a comprehensive immigration bill, as complicated and confusing as the ACA. How can we trust the administration about what’s in that bill or about anything else, for that matter? Does that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Or does it scare the devil out of you, as it does me?

J. Cheston M. Newbold