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What's scaring the GOP?

Published August 24, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The Republican/tea party agenda of repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, will deprive millions of Americans of health care. Why are Republicans so scared of Obamacare? The GOP has attempted to brand the health care law a "train wreck" and tried to repeal it 40 times now. If the Republicans really believe that the law is inherently unworkable, why not sit back and let it fail?

The truth is that Republicans are terrified that Obamacare could actually work. The law has provided 13 million Americans with rebates from insurance companies that overcharged them, and soon insurers will not be allowed to refuse service to those with pre-existing medical conditions. California and New York insurance exchanges already offer policies for the uninsured that are much cheaper than expected.

Yet, states that are dominated by Republican governors and legislatures are still trying to block millions of their residents from finding out about how to sign up for Obamacare and are doing everything possible to frighten people away from this most excellent new health care program. This seems almost criminal.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, Calif.