AFP-NH rally decries flaws in Obamacare package
Around 60 people attended Saturday afternoon's rally at the Alpine Grove event center, including area legislators, business owners and residents.
Greg Moore, AFP-NH's state director, said the topic bears much discussion because of the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare."
"Those broken promises will have some serious consequences," Moore said. "Across the country, we're seeing premiums spiking, and nationwide, we could see our long-term debt rise to an estimated $6.2 trillion."
District 20 Rep. Ralph Boehm, also of Litchfield, concurred.
"If this legislation is so great, then why is everyone trying to get out of it," he asked, motioning to the growing crowd in the room.
"The more I learn, the more I realize there are some good aspects (of the ACA). But that doesn't make up for the unintended consequences," he said, noting part-time workers are excluded from the plan and that many companies, including United Parcel Service, have recently been forced to discontinue spousal coverage due to rising expenses.
"This law just wasn't meant to be done so quickly," he said. "A portion of Obamacare isn't being implemented: for instance, the recent hold-off on the employer mandate and the requirement for income validation.
"This is a 2,700-page document that was done in a purely partisan fashion," he said. AGuilmet@newstote.com
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