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Of course it is ‘socialized medicine’

Published: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Mr. Richard Geiger [“Law helps the uninsured get health policies,” The Reader’s Voice, Oct. 5] has a problem with Obamacare being categorized as socialized medicine.

The medical definition of socialized medicine is “medical and hospital services for the members of a class or population administered by an organized group as a state agency, or the federal government in this case, and paid for from funds obtained usually by assessments, philanthropy, or taxation.”

The Affordable Care Act is socialized medicine, not just “tantamount” to it. If it is “affordable,” how come the rates are not published? 

And why is the federal employees union balking at the cost of Obamacare? 

No, my friend, there is no misinformation campaign or lies here. But, there is stonewalling: no information from the powers that be.

Everything was supposed to be ready by Oct. 1. The glitches made news, and for Hispanics, who are the No. 1 minority, highly supportive of the “party of the people,” the dedicated websites were not ready.

The American people are the fairest people on the face of the earth. I submit that, to use Mr. Geiger’s words, “Everyone who is insured picks up the tab. They are responsible for their own health care.”

It is the class of people who have very low incomes to purchase insurance that we all are concerned for, who are passing the cost of their health care to someone else. He even suggests they take advantage of the subsidies provided for in the act.

Where does he think the subsidies come from? The taxpayers, of course. And who is guilty of perpetuating lies and misinformation, if not the Democrats, who think they are protecting Obama, the original Brer Rabbit, “don’t throw me in that briar patch.”

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