Recently, President Obama held a news conference to herald the success of the Affordable Care Act. Behind him were 16 individuals who were better off because of Obamacare. It was a perfect political photo op for a political event. I am waiting for the scheduling of additional news conference with 16 people who have lost the health care plan the president promised they could keep or with 16 people who have had their health care premiums increase by more than 100 percent or even 16 of our elected officials saying the Affordable Care Act is a successful law.
More people have lost their coverage or signed up for Medicaid than have signed up for Obamacare. The problems with the website are only the tip of the iceberg. Many of those who think they have signed up will not have health care on January 1, 2014 since the communication problems on the back end are just coming to light.
The answer is health care reform that harnesses the power of the insurance industry, tort reform, less government interference and bipartisan solutions. The answer is not lies, half truths, political fixes and a veiled attempt at wealth distribution.
We should all put our elected officials on notice that if they do not put the good of this country before the politics of keeping their office, they will not have a job after the next election.
Hilton Head Island