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Look at long-term affects of Obamacare

Published: December 7, 2013

In response to Douglas Burr (Your Views, Dec. 1): While it's hard to disagree with his assessment of the disappointment in some aspects of the Affordable Care Act, Burr fails to mention the overall growth potential that the ACA will enable. The administration's fiscal policy enables long-term economic growth within our country. Even though ACA will increase the budget deficit, it also invests in physical capital by encouraging and helping employees to stay healthy. The workforce is the backbone of the U.S. economy. Although not perfect, the ACA allows for health reform that will help millions and keep businesses growing. By requiring larger companies to carry health insurance for employees, the government is guaranteeing a better overall quality of life for citizens and the working class. The reaction to these changes could be extraordinarily beneficial to business owners and their employees.

To say that the president just “doesn't know,” without looking at the true long-term effects, is unfair. We mustn't predetermine its failure because we don't agree, especially with a policy reform that was demanded by the people as well as deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michael Melvin, Edmond

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