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Overhaul bill leaves citizens confused, angry

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have put forward a new plan for American health care — like it or not.
For the politicians, the outcome is still largely undecided and there are some volatile months ahead. For taxpayers there is a different picture. A majority of us, even the well-to-do among us, understood that with the way health care costs are ballooning, the system cannot sustain itself much longer. We’re just not confident the bill in question does anything to address that fundamental problem.

We expected the bill to be controversial. Unfortunately, the steps taken by Congress are too uncertain.

Many of the facts are still unclear both fiscally and medically. We will concede that many people will be affected positively. Not being dropped for pre-existing or developed major medical conditions is something most can agree on, for example.

There are examples of changes that will benefit the middle class on one hand but may negatively impact their employers — potentially leaving them out in the cold. Those with larger incomes, like those small business owners and corporations, will be forced to fund the lion’s share of this program. That was also expected, but with a recession hanging over our heads, more taxes and definite inflation is not the answer. This bill does little if anything to control medical costs. By threatening the profits of some health providers, it is more likely to raise costs.

The bill as it is written does not address funding for abortion adequately, either. We are being told the president will execute executive powers as part of a behind the scenes deal brokered with moderate Democrats to prevent abortions from being federally funded.

That “trust me” concept from politicians is a scary thought. We do support the fact that Congress has addressed the on-going debate over immigration by not allowing non-citizens to receive this coverage — legally at least.

We’ll be looking at the bill and its effects on you and your family. It is now imperative to find a way for the costs of this new plan to be kept under control.

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