Editor: Regarding Mr. Ihara’s letter to the editor, “Mischaracterized,” in the latest edition of Loudoun Now, he states, “I must admit to being surprised at the venous responses to my letter on the passage of the Republican Healthcare bill. They were penned by M.B. Crenshaw of Aldie and Dale Everett of Ashburn, and testimony to the blind, rigid partisanship and the depths to which our political discourse has fallen lately.” In this sentence alone he proves he is a hypocrite since he wrote far and away the most venomous and partisan letter involved in this matter. Please note that I did not attack Mr. Ihara in any personal way and simply pointed out that it would behoove all of us to wait for the finished bill before rendering a decision of its value.
Mr. Ihara is dead wrong when he says, “The ACA has flaws that need to be addressed, but it does not set insurance premiums.” Just exactly how does he think the insurance industry sets its premiums. They base premiums on the medical procedures and provisions that they must cover in accordance with the medical requirements and procedures established by the ACA. Thus, premiums flow directly from the mandatory requirements established by the ACA. While I have never held such an exalted position as a member of the leadership staff in the U.S. Senate and certainly have never been an active participant in several conference committees, I did learn many useful things while growing up on a farm in Oklahoma (I’m just a good only country boy). One of those is, “you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken manure.” There is no fix that will make the ACA acceptable to the American people.
Mr. Ihara also states that the many derogatory comments he made in his first letter were among the findings of the analysis of the Congressional Budget Office, “the accepted nonpartisan referee on proposed legislation.” I should not need to point out that the CBO has been very wide of the mark in its analysis of many government programs and it is wrong at least as often as it is right. In addition, the CBO must work with the data and information it is given and this often leads to totally erroneous conclusions. Again, from an old country boy it appears to me that information provided by the CBO is as useful as teats on a boar hog.
In closing, I would like to address something that most Americans seem to miss: The ACA and the ACHA only apply to approximately 11 percent of the American people. All others are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, employer plans, etc. and are not covered by the ACA/ACHA. Of this 11 percent, the CBO has forecasted that 23 million will not be insured by the Republican bill as now written. My opinion is that most of these will be young adults who do not want nor will they buy insurance since they are relieved of having to do so by the Republican bill. Let’s get about coming up with a bill that will satisfy the needs of these few who are left without insurance. We can do it and I hope it can be bipartisan.
Dale Everett, Ashburn