If Obamacare provides flexibility, think of the possibilities.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
No matter how you spin it, flexibility is good
Charles Krauthammer denounces Obamacare and Micheal Hiltzik defends it (Opinion Exchange, Feb. 16). Both miss important points about the Congressional Budget Office report that 2.5 million people, no longer required to stay in their jobs to get health insurance, will quit.
Krauthammer totally ignores, and Hiltzik mentions only in passing, the would-be entrepreneurs, no longer needing to be tethered to their jobs, who will quit to go into business for themselves.
Neither pundit mentions at all the currently unemployed, who would gladly step into the jobs that will open up because of Obamacare.
BILL MULLIN, Minneapolis
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If working people took Krauthammer’s divide-and-conquer bait on Obamacare, we would simmer in resentment at people deciding to not work thanks to the improved medical insurance. After all, a minute portion our taxes would be supporting their choices. On the other hand, if we consider that the law of supply and demand operates for us in the labor market, if there are fewer workers in the labor force, employers will be forced to pay us better.
So what do we want? Better pay, or to fight like cats and dogs among ourselves to make sure not one single penny of our taxes goes to someone else’s pursuit of happiness?
PAUL ROZYCKI, Minneapolis
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After 40 years of a rewarding but increasingly demanding and stressful career (talk to people who are employed and see if they aren’t doing more than they ever have), I may be able to leave the workforce a few years earlier than I would without the ACA. I plan on spending my mooching time helping my grown children with their young families and volunteering in the school system.
MARY KATHERINE MAHONEY,
Careful consumption — that’s the message
According to studies on health and diet, we all should be eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and healthy forms of protein. The only reason for junk food, it seems, is to make a more substantial profit.
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