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Sat., Nov. 30, 2013

ACA critics spin tales

The numbers are out and they tell us who the real liars are regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Yes, President Obama was not 100 percent accurate when he said, “If you like your health insurance you can keep it.” He was only 99.4 percent accurate. The less than 1 percent who are dumb enough to want to retain essentially junk policies will be forced to upgrade. Except now the president has allowed even these few to keep their crummy policies in states that will allow it.

No, the real bald-faced liars are the Republicans who claim that the Affordable Care Act will drive up insurance costs and even destroy the economy. During the past few years, since the act was passed, health care insurance costs have risen at the lowest rate in the past 50 years we’ve been keeping records.

And the real criminals are not the Democrats, but the Republican governors in the 20-plus states who refuse to implement the Medicaid benefits allowed under the new law for millions of lower-paid workers.

Thousands of men, women and children will die from lack of health insurance each year in those states until these governors come to their senses.

William Betz

Newport, Wash.

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