Let's strip away the political rhetoric and look at the benefits of the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 that primary care physicians and their patients see every day.
I am a 1959 graduate of Aspen High School and a family physician with a passion for prevention, who has practiced in Glenwood Springs since 1973. Before passage of the health care reform bill (Obamacare), I witnessed a costly, fragmented, inefficient, unfair medical system in which physicians were paid to order tests and do procedures and to take care of sick people rather than prevent disease; where many patients could not find insurance because of pre-existing conditions and therefore received inadequate or no care; where patients without insurance received expensive and episodic care in emergency rooms, driving up medical costs for everyone.
Since health care reform in 2010, physicians are now getting paid for performance (patient outcomes); Medicare and private insurance are now paying for wellness and prevention; patients can no longer be denied insurance for pre-existing conditions; young people are now covered under their parents' insurance.
Does the Affordable Health Care need to be tweaked? Of course, it's not a perfect bill (very few are.) But it was clearly an important step in the right direction, and achieved something both political parties have been talking about for decades.
Think long and hard before you vote in two months. Let's not go back to the bad old days of American medicine.
Greg Feinsinger, M.D.
In his book "Injustice," J. Christian Adams documents shenanigans pulled by the U.S. Department of Justice under the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder with, no doubt, complete and full knowledge and approval of President Obama.
A voter intimidation case, fully recorded on video, was dropped by the DOJ's Civil Rights Division. Their agenda includes bizarre things such as insisting on the rights of children to attend school dressed as transvestites, and of teachers to attend Mecca on paid vacations.
The most insidious action is carefully screening new lawyers to assure only radical leftists are hired. This new cadre will be difficult to remove, even by a new president with different views regarding "equal justice for all." It is like having a cancer in our government that can only be nibbled at on the edges.
The "Fast and Furious" debacle, which resulted in the death of one of our lawmen, has led to a high government official, "Holder", being held in contempt of Congress. How bad can it get?
How did voters of our country elect a president who skirts the law so consistently and gathers a staff composed of mostly Marxists and communists upon whom he relies for advice and recommendations? How can intelligent voters even consider giving President Obama another four years as President of the United States?