Letter: Democrats sabotaged health care system – Opinion – The State Journal-Register

Recently I saw Bernie Sanders say Donald Trump was responsible for sabotaging Obamacare. Sabotage is the best word to describe how Sanders and Barack Obama destroyed the health care system through the Affordable Care Act.

In 2008 there were under 15 percent of Americans without health insurance either by choice or, for a small percentage, because it was impossible or too expensive to get because of preexisting conditions. Instead of trying to encourage to help that group, they sabotaged the whole system.

Obama’s and Bernie’s goal has been to get to a single-payer, government-run system. They knew they couldn’t sneak that through so they did what they do best: They passed legislation that would destroy the private health insurance system under the guise they were helping people. They stacked the bill with massive mandates that would increase costs substantially while saying costs would go down. They lied when they told people they could keep their existing plan and doctor.

They put rules in the bill that would destroy competition and choice, such as no annual or lifetime limits, and no ability to underwrite risk. How would small- and medium-sized companies survive with unlimited risk? Obamacare reduced competition.

Democrats should campaign on their remarkable ability to disguise their intent to destroy the private sector. Polls supposedly say that the public supports Medicare for all, so why don’t Democrats run on that premise?

For seven years Obamacare has led to skyrocketing premiums, deductibles and competition, and somehow that is Trump’s fault? Amazing!

Jack Hellner

Springfield

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