Medicaid for all unsustainable

According to an editorial in the Washington Post, “the Democratic leadership which controlled both houses, fearful that the momentum was fading as the Affordable Care Act was polling poorly, rushed the bill through the Senate before the Christmas recess in 2009.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid merged the two separate bills to be voted on by Senate, allowing only six days of debate on the final version, which passed 60 to 39 on a strict party line vote.

“Few people, including Senators and staffers had read the 2,700 page bill, much less note any possible weaknesses or flaws.” One of the chief architects, Senator Max Baucus, said he hadn't read the bill, and even if he had the time, he said he couldn't understand it. Which led  Nancy Pelosi, the House Majority Leader, to state “we have to pass the bill to see what's in it.”

Many people have forgotten what a mess the Affordable Care Act was, and why a majority of people have been unhappy with it, except those that received generous subsidies, or expanded Medicaid-which has seen double digit increases. An open-ended Medicaid program in not sustainable, and the money is not “free” even if the Federal Government, ie taxpayers, are covering 90% of the costs.

The lies associated with Obamacare were many, including “if you like your plan and doctor you can keep them, it will cover every American, it will reduce the cost of a typical premium by $2,500 per year, and it will not add to the deficit.”

Many Democrats didn't care if the Affordable Care Act failed, they always wanted a single payer system, conveniently ignoring the fact that Medicare is going broke.

I don't know what the solution to all this is, and apparently the Republicans can't agree on one either.

VIC MASSARA

Omaha, Neb.