The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 21, 2014

Your View: Lies just keep on coming

JOPLIN, Mo. — After the first lie about Obamacare was discovered (you can keep your plan and doctor), we continue to see more bad news as the program unfolds.

Obamacare makes no sense for health care, but it’s terrific for income redistribution. Why would you corrupt a large percentage of the nation’s health care plans to cover 15 percent of the uninsured? And half of the 15 percent are young people between the ages of 21 and 35 who don’t have insurance not because they can’t afford it but because they don’t want it.

The Youth Misery Index (youth unemployment plus average college loan debt plus each person’s share of the national debt) is at an all-time high. The index has increased 18.1 percent since Obama took office, the highest under any president. This makes Obama the worst president for youth economic opportunity — not quite the “hope and change” many young people were looking for.

This is why only 24 percent of young people have enrolled for Obamacare to date. This is far less than the 40 percent minimum that Obamacare needs to offset the added cost of older and sicker patients. This leaves a lot of young people paying high monthly costs and, in most cases, receiving nothing in return. It’s not hard to understand why many young people will pay the fine instead of paying the cost of Obamacare.

But the nightmare continues in 2014 with millions of additional individuals losing their health care plans along with significant tax increases to follow. Just because a law benefits some people at the expense of others doesn’t make it a good law.

Allen R. Shirley


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