Letter: ACA -- good idea gone bad

March 4, 2014 

Corruptio optimi pessima: Corruption of the best is the worst.

Health care for all was the best idea but forcing demands especially in opposition to religious freedom and freedom of conscience makes it one of the worst.

We already have mandatory emergency hospital care of poor along with hundreds of charitable services. Medicaid expansion alone could help many more without infringing on conscience protections and religious freedom.

Government-mandated coverage of sterilization, contraception and abortion-causing drugs adds weight to the cost of health care as well as adding weight to the free exercise of conscience and religion for those who have well-founded objections to such drugs and procedures.

Instead of reaching out and helping agencies for the poor, the Affordable Care Act institutes costly programs and inflationary taxes, transforming affordable health care into unaffordable confusion.

Adding the weight of this costly new "affordable" care adds billions of dollars annually to our increasingly unsurmountable national debt. The collapse of our economy will aid no one but more likely will end the high standard of health care in our country.

Obamacare has brought the good idea of affordable health care for all to the heights of unaffordable care and confusion. It's a weight which our country cannot afford.

DESMOND DILLON, Kennewick

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