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Letters to the Editor

November 7, 2013

Letter sent from Washington to the people

Dear American citizens:

Millions of you are asking why your health insurance policies are being canceled and the premiums and deductibles for your new policies are, for the majority of you, doubling, tripling or worse.

You are particularly upset because President Obama said over and over again that your premiums would go down and you could keep your existing policies and doctors — promises for which The Washington Post Fact Checker gave Obama a four-Pinocchio rating.

But don’t fret, little people. Your government is hard at work making important decisions that you are simply too dumb to make for yourself.

Look, if you were not covered by your employer and purchased private insurance to provide protection and care for you and your family, you simply weren’t smart enough to go about it right.

Sure, you had the ability to choose freely among a fairly wide range of policies, coverage, premiums and deductibles.

Some of you preferred high-deductible policies that protected against catastrophic events. You got lower premiums that way. And since you were healthy and hardly needed to visit doctors, you may have thought such a plan made sense for you.

But you were wrong — and also very selfish — to choose such substandard plans.

ObamaCare makes sure your new policy meets 10 new minimum standards that include coverage for such things as mental health, drug abuse and maternity — even if you are a 51-year-old man who cannot bear children, you must pay for maternity care.

The fact is, in order for ObamaCare to work, healthy young people and middle-class people must purchase health insurance at higher costs to cover those who are uninsured or who have pre-existing conditions.

Sure, many argued there are far simpler and better ways to help the uninsured and Americans who were unable to get insurance due to pre-existing conditions — we could have addressed each challenge in a targeted manner.

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