In her letter published to Inforum Aug. 7, Renee Ewine asks, "What kind of representative of the people will not speak to us in a town hall?" The answer is quite simple. It's former Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad. They didn't hold forums before voting for Obamacare, and then rather than face the public in the next election, they ran away like scared cats.
She doesn't tell us how she benefits from Obamacare, but I will tell mine. I am one of the 5 percent minority (according to Democrats and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp) who purchases insurance on the individual market. My premiums have increased 220 percent since Obamacare, and my deductible has risen from $500 to $6,300. If I were to get sick, I would have to pay $13,200 out of pocket before insurance kicks in (premiums & deductibles).
Ms. Ewine, where is the equality and justice for all when others get subsidies to pay for their monthly premiums and deductibles, but others like me have to cover 100 percent of our own costs as well as pay taxes to cover cost of others?
She wants affordable, but doesn't define affordable. I have asked Sens. Heitkamp, Dorgan, Conrad and Pomeroy and the liberal editors at the North Dakota newspapers to define affordable, but no one will give me an answer. Why is that?
Obamacare was flawed from the start. One-size-fits-all does not work. Democrats wanted the younger generation to help share in the cost, but allowed people to be on their parents' plan until they turn 26. They allowed able-bodied Americans to get Medicaid when the true intent of Medicaid was to help the poor, single parents, children and disabled to be covered. How many premiums and cost sharing did that forgo?
Obamacare doesn't allow people the option to pick coverage that fits them; and instead forces unnecessary benefits on everyone. It bases subsidies on income, not on assets. You could have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank, and game the system to reduce your income to levels below the poverty line and get thousands of dollars in subsidies and even possibly free health insurance. While this may be free to them, it's costing someone else. Unfortunately, liberals and many Bernie Sanders supporters only want what is good for them but don't care that others are paying for it. They truly are selfish.
Obamacare gave coverage to those who claimed they couldn't get coverage. Many could have but chose not to because of the cost. And now, the high cost of covering them is forcing others like me to consider going without coverage. So, those who had coverage pre-Obamacare now may not be able to afford it and those who claimed they couldn't afford it before now get coverage. Where is the equality and justice in that?
Miller lives in West Fargo.