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posted: 8/20/2013 4:40 AM

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Obamacare needs major surgery

Recently a reader touted Obamacare, declaring that health insurance rates are now down 50 percent in New York, and condemning Republicans for continuing useless votes repealing the health bill in the House.

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For starters, the rates in New York have not yet gone down. We have only Obama's promise in a speech that it will happen. If it does, it will be because New York has the highest health insurance rates in the country. New York has a mini-Obamacare law, forcing young healthy citizens to pay the same rates as older people. Even Obamacare should be able to lower these rates.

In other states, rates are going up steeply. My supplemental Medicare is up 50 percent. Some companies in Illinois have doubled their health insurance costs, and more to come.

It is true that the symbolic votes in the house accomplish nothing. What is needed is a bipartisan effort to do major surgery on an ill-considered and so far poorly administered bill. The chances of that happening are no better than the odds of seeing health insurance costs go lower in Illinois.

Daniel Pradt

Glen Ellyn

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