By Abbi Overfelt
December 5, 2013
To the editor:
Twice on the Opinion page I’ve read Chris Fitzsimon’s work, and each time I came away with the opinion there are three uses for his work: The first is to line the bottom or a bird cage, the second would be to wrap fish and the third would be as fire starter in my wood heater.
I researched his NC Policy Watch and saw they describe themselves as “a progressive, nonprofit and non-partisan policy organization.”
Let’s dissect their description of themselves. Groups like Mr. Fitzsimons like to call themselves progressive. What they will avoid is calling themselves by the more accurate term — liberals. One must ask oneself why they will at all cost avoid calling themselves liberal? They call themselves non-partisan, but I would beg to differ. When I read his articles I see the writings of a pure partisan Democrat.
In Fitzsimon’s work “McCroy’s list of regrets” he takes the governor to task for refusing the Obamacare, Medicaid enticement. Fitzsimons wrote that the federal government would have paid the full cost of the expansion for the first three years and more than 90 percent of the tab after that. I would offer that the federal government does not have the money to make such promises. I would remind Fitzsimons that the federal government does not have any money it does not first take from taxpayers. The federal government borrows 46 cents on every dollar it spends, according to CBS news. Money is borrowed from China or printed out of thin air by the Federal Reserve.
The Affordable Care Act is a deceptive euphemism — it neither protects patients nor makes health care more affordable. No one is supposed to remember that the administration sent letters to Humana and other companies threatening legal action if they expressed their opinion that, under Obamacare, some seniors would lose coverage, or that they pressured insurance executives to support the plan. The ACA is full of accounting gimmicks and political tricks that anyone paying attention would see. Senator Lemar Alexander, Republican, Tennessee, called it “the most brazen act of political arrogance since watergate … in terms of thumbing your nose at the American people and saying … ‘We know you don’t want it but we are going to give it to you anyway.’”
The American people know that Obamacare is a mess and want no part of it. Even after all of the lies, backroom deals and Chicago-style executive strong arming, the people do not buy into it.
Perhaps Fitzsimon needs to be a little less partisan.