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posted: 10/2/2013 5:00 AM

Time will prove Obamacare's value

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On Sunday, as I watched Republican Sen. Ted Cruz again on "Meet The Press" after his 21-hour grandstanding on the Senate floor last week, I saw an infuriating man with an obvious intent to misinform and even lie to those that will listen. His and other Republicans' claims that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced or delayed is nothing but empty rhetoric to be used in the 2014 elections.

Obamacare is an incrementally structured plan that Medicare was not. Already parts of the Affordable Care Act are helping people with pre-existing medical conditions. The public is being bamboozled into thinking that the enrollment date is the effective date for coverage for those that find a plan they can afford. Already states that have had early enrollments are seeing an increase in applicants, like in Utah where it is working very well.

Yes, member of Congress and other federal workers are exempt, but they already have numerous plans to choose from depending on their own circumstances and financial preference. So why can't the uninsured in this country at least have the same opportunities to get whatever health care coverage they can afford, want or need?

We all have been paying for the uninsured for a long time. Since Pres. Roosevelt, each president has wanted some form of a national health care system for those under 65. Medicare in its inception was called socialism and would never work; who wants to give up their Medicare now? For those who are so against Obamacare and on Medicare, stand up for those less fortunate to have some of the same benefits.

Vicki Hilden

Arlington Heights

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