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Letter: Obamacare is a disaster

Well the government shutdown is over. Whew! Didn’t you notice the huge sigh of relief all over the country?

So if 400,000 non-essential federal workers were on furlough, and now come back and get back pay, what did we save by shutting down? Nothing. Of course if you consider all that was spent to lock down public parks, national monuments, etc., the whole mess cost us a few billion. But that is government for you. The feds can’t even do a shutdown effectively.

With that in mind, let’s move on to the Obamacare fiasco. Forbes reports that only about 5,000 folks enrolled in the 36 federal run exchanges as of Oct. 14. At that rate all the uninsured in the country should be signed up in about 190 years. Nothing like success huh?

Of course the 16 state run exchanges are doing somewhat better. In fact, Colorado had 305 enrolled in the same time frame. So we should have it all completed in say, 102 years.

Why are so few people signing up if this is such a good deal? Could be the high premiums. Or the regulatory burden. Or the fact that if you screw up somehow, the IRS is gonna be after your butt.

Or perhaps they get a little antsy when they read stuff like this on the Obamacare website:

“You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. At any time, and for any lawful government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful government purpose.”

Or this from Maryland’s state exchange, “it will share info provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.”

Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it. They’re just looking out for all us little folk.

Hope and change. Right.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

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