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Letter: Obamacare must be repealed

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A recent study by the nonpartisan Doctor Patient Medical Association shows that 83 percent of doctors are considering quitting because of Obamacare. If even half of these quit, a doctor shortage will affect us all. I personally know several doctors who are seriously pondering this decision.

In January 2014 both the Rationing Board and Enforcement Board begin (established in the huge Democrat stimulus bill.) These boards will dictate what care doctors may and may not prescribe for patients. To save costs the boards will ration and deny certain treatments, by age or ratio of average cost-effectiveness, which will interfere with the doctor's assessment of care for each of us as patients, especially if our individual health problem is not average. We want our care determined by our doctor, not by government bureaucrats.

For funding Obamacare takes $500 billion from Medicare. The per-person Medicare insurance premium monthly fee will continually increase. Seniors already have difficulty finding doctors who will take new Medicare patients.

Competition produces quality and efficiency. The health care system needs competitive cost-saving improvements such as tort reform and opening health insurance across state lines, but a government regulatory monopoly of health care is not the answer.

As a recent cancer survivor myself with a daughter who deals with long-term side effects of childhood leukemia, I am very grateful for the many fine doctors in America who care for patients. After the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, it is now up to us to push for a repeal of Obamacare and to replace it with competitive, common-sense reforms. Please contact your U.S. legislators and actively support candidates in the November 2012 election who understand this grave danger to our health care.

Nancy Snyder

Willmar

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