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Letter: Obamacare is central planning, not free market

11:30 PM, Oct. 9, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: The Obamacare exchange roll-out on Oct. 1 was a prime example why government has no business meddling in the economy.

The rollout was a complete disaster with constant website crashes. This was just a sign-up for Obamacare exchanges, not the product itself. Virtually no one throughout the country was able to sign up, including unsuccessful attempts by an MSNBC anchor. President Barack Obama had the audacity to compare the "marketplace" exchanges to Apple, stating that Apple had glitches as well, saying no one called for Apple to fold.

I guess he doesn't know the difference between the free market and central planning or socialism. Customers will voluntarily stand in line to get the latest Apple product; Obamacare is being forced upon the public. The glitches Apple have are quickly fixed, but one in particular is worth noting. Apple launched MobileMe and it was a complete disaster, with Steve Jobs firing many of those who launched this product. The private sector has to compete for your business, but government doesn't.

Instead of fixing the problems of rising health care costs and fraud, the federal government is taking over health care with the intention of moving us toward a single-payer system of total government control. Remember, those launching the exchanges are the ones delivering health care with the IRS as the enforcer. What could go wrong with that? Do your own homework.

Dan Wald,

Pittsville

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