To the editor:
With the latest news on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - that after three years and more than $500 million spent for a website setup, in true form for government programs, on the first day it was introduced the site crashes. But, like good cohorts in the media and on Capitol Hill, all is blamed on glitches.
After hearing the cost of the computer problem, I was wondering what it is going to cost taxpayers to get it running. Nothing could be found on that, but the navigators (phone operators) are a different story. Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proposed the hiring of tens of thousands at a cost between $20 to $48 an hour, and if someone signs up, the navigator receives $58.
Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010. The gross cost was $898 billion from 2010 to 2019. Last February, the Congressional Budget Office provided the amount from 2013 to 2023 of $1.8 trillion. Then there are the estimated 16,500 new IRS agents to police the compliance to Obamacare, they have to be paid too.
After looking at everything the government is throwing taxpayer money at, it all comes down to two things: New government employees and crony ties with companies.
The bill that the Democrats introduced back in 2009 (Obamacare) had nothing to do with health care; there was nothing in the bill that added more doctors, hospitals or care centers.
The number of uninsured in the United States at the time the bill was passed was 15 percent. This is not a majority, this bill should have died on the floor, instead it was pushed through. All American citizens should be angry about the total waste that is occurring by the Obama administration and the representatives of the people who had this knowledge and voted to make it the law of the land - all who voted "yea" have lied to us. You need to check the voting record of your representatives for this takeover of the United States health care system - one-sixth of our economy.