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David Ihde: Government should stay out of health care

I would like to respond to the letter written by Jim Sunderland in the Oct. 26 issue of Steamboat Today concerning Amendment 69.

Healthcare is a classic example of why government should stay out of it. The reasons for double-digit premium increases are the result of Obamacare, not shareholder dividends and CEO pay.

Before Obamacare, we had premium increases as well and some were very high, but one could increase their deductible and bring the premium down. They could also customize their plan to cover the things they wanted to or needed.

Now, we are getting double-digit increases with ever-increasing deductibles and fewer choices both plan wise and competition.

As for Colorado Care bringing down the costs of healthcare, two things come to mind, governments control costs by rationing healthcare (insurance companies ration insurance not health care), and Medicare/ Medicaid were projected to cost only 12 billion dollars by 1990 instead of the 90 billion it did cost.

Governments are always way off in their cost projections so they can sell it to the people. Don’t buy the snake oil.

Does one ever notice that liberal ideas and programs always begets ever more government and money to fix a problem they created in the first place?

Healthcare interference by the federal and state governments has been going on in earnest since the early sixties. Obamacare is a classic case in point, and Colorado Care will be no different.

One of the great ironies of this election is that Bernie Sanders comes from Vermont, which tried to do single payer but couldn’t figure out how to pay for it and thus scrapped the idea, and for good reason.

Many people talk of the slippery slope but never put a face to it. Well here’s your face. Vote “no” on 69.

David Ihde

Steamboat Springs

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