I am writing this letter to respond to a letter published in the Arizona Republic last week, but since I am not aware of any e-mail address to the editor of the Republic, I will write to the Tribune.
The letter writer claimed that the federal law trumps state law. Oh, really? So, if the federal government made a law requiring us to do something that is contrary to our moral beliefs, we have to do it? Call me an idiot, but where is it written that we have to buy something, just because the government says we have to?
Obamacare violates our rights. It has a mandate that requires you to buy Obama’s health care plan by 2014, or pay a fine. Prop. 106 protects us. It allows us to keep our own plan.
I, for one, do not support universal health care. It’s never worked before, and it will not work for us. I urge every decent Arizona resident to vote yes on Proposition 106. Your very liberty is at stake.
Jeff Durbin, Mesa
Proposition 106 pledges that no one will be forced to participate in any “health care system” or fined when paying for health care, reassuring us that insurance purchase won’t be “prohibited by law.” It’s comical that the authors of this initiative worry about the fate of health insurance companies, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will furnish 35 million new clients. PPACA has no provisions forcing people into a health care “system” or punishing those already insured. Instead, the new law provides incentives to purchase health insurance through “exchanges,” which offer market-based choices. More people will have to purchase insurance, but unlike car insurance mandates, PPACA has exceptions, including low income, and these individuals will be eligible for subsidies or Medicaid.
So, what’s Proposition 106’s purpose? Apparently, to allow politicians to claim opposition to an imaginary government takeover of health care, using tax dollars. Proposition 106 is unlikely to interfere with PPACA’s implementation in Arizona. So why vote? Only if you wish to be a politician’s pawn.
Lucas Restrepo, Scottsdale
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