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For 70 years, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies have had a strangle hold on the American people. President Obama, while campaigning, promised to have the same health insurance for every American the politicians in Washington, DC had. The American Medical Association spent millions advertising the need for health care reform, but it was not meant to be.

All the Republicans and one Independent, Joe Lieberman, voted down the Medicare buy-in and the public option. Every American was denied their right to choose between the Medicare buy-in, public option or private health insurance. Instead, every American was forced to take private health insurance.

In 2010 CNN news reported the CEO for United Healthcare paid himself $102 million for the year of 2009. There is no one on the face of this earth worth $102 million!

It makes my blood boil when I think of the sacrifices people have to make so health insurance executives can pay themselves millions of dollars. Because of Joe Lieberman and all the Republican politicians selling out the American people, the Affordable Care Act came to be commonly known as Obamacare.

On July 20, 2012, it was announced that because of Obamacare, the private health insurance companies would have to send rebates totaling $1.1 billion to 12.8 million Americans.

The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance companies to spend 80 percent of premiums collected on medical care or care improvements. Anything over that must be returned to the policy holder.
Until this year, where have these millions and millions of dollars been going? Why are the Republican politicians in Washington so determined to repeal Obamacare?

The first time in over 70 years the American people received a refund from the health insurance companies and the Republican politicians in Washington want to take away the chance of ever receiving another billion-dollar refund. They also want to take away our Medicare and force us onto private insurance.
If this isn’t selling out the middle and poor class I don’t know what is.

Marc Blanc
Carrollton, OH

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