Health care law should have been postponed a year


Recent letters to this paper expressing dismay and outrage Congress would challenge President Obama’s order to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government with no spending restrictions.

After all he was elected so Congress should just stand up straight and say “yes sir” when he issues a command.

The Constitution vests the House of Representatives with the power to raise revenue to run the government. Would you believe it, these representatives are elected by the people. Today they are representing their constituents who are demanding the nation show some restraint in spending and fairness in how the laws are applied.

The office of the president demands respect, the occupant has to earn it.

President Obama has done very little to earn respect. His actions remind me of the old military saying: “I was not there, I did not see it, and those are not my initials”.

How many times have we heard the president say that the Affordable Care Act will allow you to keep your current policy and doctor and will be cheaper?

In fact policies are being canceled because they lack all of the mandatory requirements of the ACA such as obstetric, pediatric, prescription, open enrollment, to name a few.

The replacement policies are much more expensive and the co-pays have been raised also.

This large increase in medical insurance cost will decrease a family’s budget for discretionary spending for items like dining out, vacations, gifts, home improvements and many others.

Multiply this effect by millions of families nationwide, coupled with the lost income by workers whose hours have been cut, and the economic consequences will be serious.

A one-year postponement to allow time for a rational overhaul of the ACA would have avoided this looming train wreck.

Bruce E. McCaw

Walla Walla



PearlY says...

Before Obamacare, my monthly health insurance premiums were lower than each of the following of my budget categories:

Home property taxes;
Transportation (including vehicle depreciation, repairs, gas, insurance);
Travel, vacations and entertainment.

In other words, it was my SIXTH biggest budget item.

Next year, it will be the single biggest expense I will have in my budget, and that's assuming I have no need for any actual health care. If I do need it and have to use up my new full deductible and maximum out-of-pocket, it will be about as big an expense as the top three next items COMBINED.

A better name for this law than the Affordable Care Act would have been the Let's Break a Lot of Eggs and See if We Can Make a Tasty Omelette Act. As one of the eggs to be broken, I should would like a postponement.

Posted 14 October 2013, 5:09 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

PearlY - wait until they enroll all of the people that they think should have health insurance for (Free) and there will be Multiple Lots of eggs broken without a device to fix all the Omelettes before the spoilage starts.

I didn't think I would see the day? This President is actually making the Vice-President look like the intelligent one!

Posted 15 October 2013, 9:12 a.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Are you covered by the VA health care system ? Do you receive a juicy VA pension? You have GOVERNMENT all over you, good government programs. You despise government with a passion, instead of showing infinite gratitude for what you have.

Lucky you, namvet, lucky you!

Posted 18 October 2013, 9:02 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

There you go paco - showing your ignorance again. It was you loudmouthed Liberals that put me in the private sector after 6 years of service. I do not receive any kind of government pension from the VA or any type of welfare or any other type of monies that you obviously receive. I do get my prescriptions from the VA after paying a co-pay of $9 dollars a month. I do receive a Soc Sec check that I have paid into for over 50 years and I have Medicare (which is getting cut severely with this idiotic Obamacare) that I have also paid into for over 50 years.

If you possessed any common sense at all you would realize I don't despise government as a whole but I don't believe in a bloated government that keeps growing and keeps on taking.

Your ranting and raving just proves that your reviews are correct.

Posted 19 October 2013, 8:06 a.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Hola...who is this? Loui Ghomert? Shh, tell him I'm not here...

Posted 19 October 2013, 2:03 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Apparently you missed this the last time it was posted so read and heed. Your credibility is right out there in the pasture making the grass grow!

With the reviews in this link on you - if I was you I'd go and bury my head some where to hide
Thank you and have a good day.

Posted 19 October 2013, 2:43 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Namvet, the last time I worked in Walla Walla was in 2005 when I retired from this VA.
1. This reviews are from 2012-2013 when I was already retired and for 8 years!

2. The reviews talk about "they" not about me.

3. These reviews are "anonymous" mostlikely written by you.

4. Even if they were about me, 2 out of more than 10,000 patients seen by me in 40 years of practice is not that bad.

5. My credentials are established by my peers, not by idiots like you.

6. There is a National Data Base, an American Medical and Psychiatric Association with Boards of prominent American doctors who determine how high we should keep our heads, locally and at a national level.
Idiots like you have no credibility in opining at this high level, my friend.

7. What you're doing is "looking for holes" to humiliate people, and you invent stuff as you go along. You remind me of my dogs, always sniffing for holes somewhere else, when yours is stinking closer.

8. Oops, I should up my language! Why don't you up yours?

9. Now, where did you say your head is? I know...where it's always being!

Posted 19 October 2013, 8:26 p.m. Suggest removal

carcrazy says...

Wait a minute, you say retired from the Walla Walla VA in 2005? And you say this was the last time you worked in Walla Walla. Well sir, you have either suppressed the memories of your last years working there, or you are lying. Which is it?

Posted 19 October 2013, 10:06 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Those reviews (2/5) were taken on Carlos Acevedo and comes from your history. Just admit how phony you really are!

I don't need to dummy up any reviews for you - the patients do them quite well. I especially liked the one about the staff not thinking that you were qualified for that position. I actually laughed on that! LOL

Posted 20 October 2013, 3:54 p.m. Suggest removal

MyFamNews says...

Amazing that you have been paying into Medicare for over 50 years. Did you start before the program became law in l966? How is is Liberals forced you into the private sector after 6 years of service? And where exactly are the cuts to your coverage under Medicare?

Posted 29 October 2013, 7:46 a.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Your awfully inquisitive, are you a government employee? First let's pin the Gold Star on you for my blunder of 3 years? As far as Liberals in the service - I was not forced into the private sector but I was never acclimated to butt kissing which caused me to take a different perspective. For the Medicare cuts - maybe if you were to take off your blinders and realize that when you cut $500 billion from a service there will be cuts. The Administration along with the creators of ACA have proven themselves to be very haphazard on there legislation and we haven't seen anything yet.

Posted 29 October 2013, 12:14 p.m. Suggest removal

MyFamNews says...

I may be inquisitive, I am not a purveyor of falsehood. Relying on an anonymous review dated long after the retirement of a provider is pretty silly. The wellness site shows reviews and information on folks who have passed away. Accuracy of information does not appear to be a factor on the site. Staying on subject. I am not a government employee and never have been. I do have 50+ years of life experience with military and government service. Some people simply aren't cut out for life in service, blaming liberals, seems a stretch. As to those cuts to on: Whatever you want to call them, it's a $500 billion reduction in the growth of future spending over 10 years, not a slashing of the current Medicare budget or benefits. It's true that those who get their coverage through Medicare Advantage's private plans (about 22 percent of Medicare enrollees) would see fewer add-on benefits; the bill aims to reduce the heftier payments made by the government to Medicare Advantage plans, compared with regular fee-for-service Medicare. The Democrats' bill also boosts certain benefits: It makes preventive care free and closes the "doughnut hole," a current gap in prescription drug coverage for seniors.

Posted 30 October 2013, 7:38 a.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Nice try - pick, choose - cover. The smokescreen is fading.

Posted 30 October 2013, 9:39 a.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Do not enroll as of yet. You have until next March to verify your rate. I just don't believe that your ACA premiums are that high.

You never know when you're going to need insurance...but is great you have no need for any actual health! I never thought I would ever need 8 stents on my heart. The cost? Well, you don't want to know!

And it was wonderfull to have Tricare and Medicare, both government sponsored programs.

Good luck!

Posted 18 October 2013, 8:09 p.m. Suggest removal

PearlY says...

You don't WANT to believe my Obamacare premiums are that high, because it doesn't conform to your delusions about the falsely-named Affordable Care Act. But you can check it yourself: just log on to one of the health insurance estimator websites, enter a 60-something female with an income 400% of the poverty level (just so you see what the true premium is, not that my income is that high) and see for yourself what a policy costs with a $1,750 deductible and $3,750 annual maximum out-of-pocket, which is what I had before Obamacare. Actually, you might not find one with deductibles and maximums that low, but get as close as you can and prepare for your jaw to drop. Remember - I used to pay $305 a month for my plan, and the taxpayers paid zero. See if you can find one for under $700 a month. I doubt it.

You don't have to lecture me about the need for insurance. I've had health insurance since I left home at 16, and bought it myself as an individual each and every year since then, with no help from the government whatsoever - and none asked for.

Posted 18 October 2013, 11:01 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Bruce, don't enroll just yet! This is the start of ACA, and similar to Romneycare in Massachusetts, there will be some confusion at inception. Be patient. You're going to love it, my friend.

Do you have a pre-existing condition? You're fully covered right now. Do you have a teenager son? He is covered regadless under your policy rith now, and until he is 26. If you have Medicare, your prescriptions are fully covered right now. Medical insurance for children is active right now.

But if you want to continue to sabotage and to denigrate a good thing that barely started, just because a black President is the originator, that's your prerogative. I nevertheless believe it's unfair on your part to misguide those in need of it. A year waitting time for many of these people could arguably be a disaster.

ACA is working just fine on States with Democrat governors. States with Republican governors, such a Texas and Florida, those governors are sabotaging the Afordable Care Act with dirty tactics such as yours.

So, stop it! Be a fair player!

Posted 18 October 2013, 8:46 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

What does the color of the President's skin have to do with anything? Why would you need to bring that into the story? It looks like you are trying to inject a race component into a non-race posting... Shame!

Posted 18 October 2013, 10:02 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Don't you mean regardless instead of "regadless" and waiting in stead of "waiting?" Does this sound familiar?
I guess your spell check is off too, my friend.

Posted 18 October 2013, 10:04 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Waiting=waiting? In stead? Try again, Barra cuda!

Posted 19 October 2013, 12:44 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...


Posted 19 October 2013, 4:10 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Actually Paco...
I was wrong, you wrote waitting instead of waiting... Sorry, UB's Auto correct fixed your misspelling...

Posted 19 October 2013, 8:31 p.m. Suggest removal

PearlY says...

Paco, why should I have to wait to find out whether I love it? I loved the health insurance plan I had for 36 years, and now, in spite of all the promises that if I liked the plan I had, I could keep it, I've lost the plan I loved and in exchange, you ask me to wait and live through confusion and maybe, later, I'll find out that in spite of all the estimators and calculators I've checked online, it won't be as bad as I fear.

If you want to believe that everyone who's being shafted by this law would be fine being shafted if only the President were white, that's your prerogative. It's delusional, but you're entitled to your delusions.

And in case you hadn't noticed, ACA is NOT working fine for me and Washington HAS a Democratic governor.

Posted 18 October 2013, 10:52 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

The millions of uninsured Americans are the ones who have being shafted for decades. Decent health care for all American citizens is a universal human right, not a privilege.

Poor Pearl! I understand, all of us should be devastated because the ACA is not working for Pearl.

Let me try again. All candidates (not jus Pearl) aspiring to enroll in the ACA should not prematurely dismiss the posibility that, once the system is corrected, unreasonably high rates could come significantly down.

But if some people, vested in prematurely start the hurly burly and start throwing monkey wrenches into the system, that's something we liberals have to be ready to confront. After all, it comes natural to us! We've been doing it time and again.

By the way, ACA is working just fine in Washington. It will work just fine for Pearl as well!

Posted 19 October 2013, 1:44 p.m. Suggest removal

PearlY says...

Paco, I'm not asking you to be devastated. All I want is for you and other liberals to put your OWN money where your beliefs are.

If you believe health care is a "universal human right" you're welcome to provide it. I won't interfere. You have told us you're an MD, so go at it. But somehow, I suspect you do not mean that you or other providers should provide it for free. You expect to be paid for it. So we're not really talking about health care here, we're talking about compensation for health care providers, and who should pay it - whether it should be the recipients of the health care, or random strangers like me who have no relationship to either the recipient or the provider.

It is far more likely that the currently unreasonably high rates will go up further, rather than come down significantly. There's little incentive for healthy people to enroll, and every incentive for those whose costs will be heavily subsidized to over-utilize.

What is your basis for claiming Obamacare is "working just fine" in Washington? Democratic politicians are refusing to report any data about actual enrollments, so how would you know?

Posted 19 October 2013, 8:15 p.m. Suggest removal

rider says...

The website IS working here in WA. What's not working are the higher premiums and even higher deductibles that are now being charged....even with gimmes from the government.

Posted 3 November 2013, 9:05 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

One of the *(just one of many)* differences between us is that I don't feel the need to belittle anyone who is making a honest attempt at communication. And if I do try to correct peoples spelling and grammar, I would hope that I could use proper grammar and spelling in the printed correction.

For being educated as a doctor , I don't understand your fascination of making people feel inferior. I can honestly say, that if I needed to see you (as a patient) for counseling, it would be one time and one time only, because you don't seem to care about others feelings and or their beliefs, only making them feel small and wrong for having they're own beliefs.

I usually enjoy looking at the comments (regardless of the content) made by people who honestly reside here in WW and therefor have a earned right to give their comments towards the good of our Valley, and who are trying to make it a better place to live. But some of the comments and snarky snippets you leave make others realize that a Doctors education does not guarantee a person to be compassionate and genuinely interested in the wellness of others.

It seems that you Sir, just take delight in making others feel bad for just living our own lives and not following your almighty and all-knowing beliefs.

There are others on here who regularly give in-put who I don't agree with, but they are kind with their words to others (Fatherof5 and Pearly just to name a couple) and are genuinely interested in a dialog.

P.S. I left the grammar problems in to irk you.

Posted 19 October 2013, 4:19 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

You're a nice guy...but if you start the "cooking" you ought to take the heat!

Posted 19 October 2013, 8:39 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Great post barracuda - the problem being is that Paco doesn't see anybody but himself in that distorted mirror he gazes into.

Posted 20 October 2013, 3:59 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

OOOPPPSSSSSS - what is happening? Democrats are now talking about delaying Individual Mandates for a year? Are they finally waking up or just coming out of there coma?

Posted 23 October 2013, 3:52 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Could this happen here in WW Valley? Obamacare plans only cover in state medical?

A Milton-Freewater resident who has been coming to Walla Walla for their Doctors visit, regularly for fifty years etc. But now with the Obamacare rules in place, now must change Doctors, change hospitals, and drive to Pendelton, or pay all care out of pocket?
This is the picture this article is painting... On top of paying a lot more for a plan that has less coverage .....

Hmm great idea....

Source...... [MSN News][1]


Posted 2 November 2013, 8:48 a.m. Suggest removal

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