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Letter: Responding to Roskam on Obamacare

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 2:10 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) has now been allowed to present two untrue and misleading op-eds in the Glen Ellyn Suburban Life, first on Aug. 29, and on Oct. 4, attacking Obamacare and the IRS.

They both simply follow the Tea Party line he champions in Congress to delegitimize Obama administration efforts to help the 40 million Americans shut out of our health care system. His attack on the IRS failed to mention that the Tea Party IRS scandal has been debunked. The IRS closely scrutinized tax exempt requests of both conservative and progressive political organizations, was authorized under a Bush appointee, and, surprise, no organization lost its tax exempt status. 

But Roskam aimed his heaviest salvos at his real "bête noir," Obamacare. Since its passage, he’s voted to repeal it 43 times, once for every million folks it was passed to bring into our health care system, and in so doing, lower the gargantuan cost of the most inefficient health care system in the industrialized world. 

Disgracefully, Roskam never mentions any of its numerous benefits, which include:  

1. No annual limits on health care benefits

2. Insurance companies can't drop you when you are sick

3. You can't be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions

4. Obamacare focuses on preventive services

5. Women's health services are greatly improved

6. Reforms reduce wasteful spending

7. Better care and protections for seniors

8. Children can stay on parents' health care policies until age 26

9. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, insurance plans must include:

· Emergency services

· Hospitalizations

· Lab services

· Mental health

· Substance abuse treatment

· Outpatient care

· Pediatric care

· Prescription drugs

· Preventative care

· Rehabilitative services

· Vision and dental care for children 

Obamacare represents "Obamacares."

It’s the law of the land, has been upheld by the Supreme Court and is becoming as embedded in our culture as surely as Social Security and Medicare. Rep. Roskam, not content to utterly misrepresent the benefits of Obamacare, served as a House leader in allowing a small minority of Tea Party Republicans to shut down the government because they failed in the 2008 and 2012 elections, failed in stopping its passage and failed to have the Supreme Court overturn it.

His current conduct is reckless and irresponsible.

Walt Zlotow

Glen Ellyn

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