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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Massachusetts no paragon of health care

At the House hearing on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took full responsibility for the failure of the Affordable Care Act website ("Obamacare not for me, HHS head Kathleen Sebelius says," Web, Oct. 30). But she was unaware what was done and who did what. So what was she responsible for, other than not doing her job, which was to know what the people preparing the website were doing?

Later the same day, President Obama was in Boston, where he gave the best explanation for what was wrong with Obamacare. He compared it to Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care legislation. First, he made it clear that the legislation had been passed with a Republican governor and a majority-Democrat legislature in place. It was passed by a majority bipartisan vote with only a few negative votes. Obamacare was passed only by Democratic senators and representatives, with not a single Republican vote.

Mr. Obama praised the Massachusetts health care system. The only problem is that Massachusetts residents have the highest premiums in the country, and Massachusetts patients can expect the longest wait time to see a physician. The program still leaves 2 percent of the populace uninsured. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted about 10 percent of people will be uninsured after 10 years of Obamacare (which will cost almost $3 trillion and is already having a significant negative effect on the economy and jobs).

MARVIN L. HOOVIS

Centerville, Mass.

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