Premature, at best -- wrong at worst

The Times' Sept. 29 editorial entitled "In Golden State, Obamacare is already working" must have been written by the White House press department because it is filled with unsubstantiated claims that are just the latest regurgitations of the administration's talking points.

Examples: "More than 1 million formerly uninsured Californians have coverage," "Medical costs are dropping," "There's good reason to believe Obamacare eventually will be at least as popular (as Medicare)" and, the boldest of all, "Benefits that will, over time, lower health care costs and improve medical outcomes for all." The Editorial Board certainly has the right to express its opinions on this program, but to claim that it "is already working" by citing the above points as facts is highly irresponsible, particularly when there is no mention of the negative effects of the law such as numerous businesses terminating their own plans, cutting workers' hours or not hiring additional workers to reduce their health care costs.

No one doubts that Obamacare has had, and will have, a significant impact on medical care and costs in California and the entire country. To claim that the program "is working," however, implies that objectives of the program are being met -- i.e. that the health care cost curve has been permanently bent downward, the quality of medical care has improved and that the overall effect on the economy has been positive. It is way too premature to make that claim, if it can ever be made at all.

The Times' Oct. 1 headline "Shutdown: GOP refuses to budge on health care law," is the latest example of the paper's bias. It takes two sides to make an impasse.

Bill Lau

Lafayette


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Lawmakers must stop strike

There was a time when the public would have risen up and demanded our lawmakers restrict BART workers the ability to strike. It seems we have instead become lemming-like, letting others decide our fate.

BART is a public utility with no competition, and its actions effect the livelihood of so many, yet we the people are unable or unwilling to effect a change in the ludicrous behavior that is taking place. At some point we all have to realize that, as citizens, we have to determine our own fate and rid ourselves of the victimization that seems to have overtaken our society. Good luck to all of us.

Bill Haber

Lafayette