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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Empower patients, not bureaucrats

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In a swaggering defense of Obamacare, President Obama proclaimed to the American people, "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away. No matter what." ("Obama blunders into his own 'Katrina,'" Web, Nov. 17).

Now we learn that what he really meant was: "You'll be able to keep my health plan, period. No one will take Obamacare away. No matter what." No matter if countless patients lose the health care plans they like. No matter if almost no one signs up for Obamacare.

The president's perjurious promises and the Obamacare debacle have increased calls to repeal and replace the Jacobinic madness of Obamacare with truly democratic reform. Empower patients instead of bureaucrats. Provide a sensible, sustainable safety net instead of industry-crippling mandates. Cut costs through reasonable regulation and competition instead of escalating costs through hyper-regulation, bureaucracy and incompetence.

But the president and his party press on without heed, so Americans await the next election. Meanwhile, the wry words of President Lincoln will prove pertinent: "The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly."

JONATHAN IMBODY
Vice president for government relations
Christian Medical Association
Washington

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