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August 1, 2013

Publisher's Notebook: Educate yourself about Obamacare

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

That still hasn’t stopped other Republicans in Congress from trying even more drastic steps like defunding the IRS or even shutting down the federal government in hopes of stopping Obamacare.

It’s amazing how far the Republicans are willing to go to thwart a program just because it’s supported by President Barack Obama, no matter how beneficial and important the program may be. That’s how poisonous the political climate in Washington has become.  Instead of repeal, Republicans should work to refine the ACA.

It’s safe to say that Social Security, despite its importance to America’s senior citizens, would have no chance of passing the House of Representatives today.

Republicans claim Obamacare kills jobs by forcing employers to cut hours so they won’t have to provide insurance to full-time employees. Well, that trend was emerging long before the ACA was passed. For years, employers have been replacing full-time employees with part-time ones in an effort to cut labor costs and improve profit margins.

In the meantime, workers are stuck with low pay and no benefits and no access to affordable health care. That is, until open enrollment begins on October 1.

In London, Obamacare has meant an increase in jobs, with the announcement last week of 638 jobs at the new Serco facility in the industrial park to handle questions about the insurance plans.

Despite Republican assertions the contrary, Obamacare is doing what it’s designed to do by keeping down health care costs and providing affordable health insurance to people without it.

In fact, a recent survey of 11 states who have already set up their state insurance exchanges report rates are significantly lower than expected. Young, non smokers will be able to buy health insurance for less than $100 per month in many states.

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