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Critics wrong on Obamacare

It's so hard to take cynics of Obamacare like Byron York seriously.

York complains that poor individuals who previously could not afford health insurance are now being covered — with taxpayer subsidies. He ignores the fact that taxpayers were already subsidizing the cost of health care for the poor, because even they were entitled to free treatment in an emergency room. Since providers could not charge for these services, they were passed along in the form of higher charges and outrageous premiums. Giving the poor subsidized care thus decreases the cost of health care for the rest of us.

Need proof? The U.S. spent $6.4 billion less on health care in the first quarter of 2014 than the last quarter of 2013. Government statisticians who forecast a 9.9 percent increase in health-care spending saw a 1.4 percent decline.

People like York are the same people who predicted Obamacare would be a "disaster," and that the ACA's "death spiral" was imminent. Reading York's critique of Obamacare is like listening to Dick Cheney and John McCain give advice on Iraq. No matter how many times they are proved wrong, they will keep posing as experts on subjects they utterly fail to comprehend.

Paul S. Berger

Nevada City

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