Richard Towle: Landry should try Obamacare

August 22, 2013 

Obamacare, obviously

Regarding Marc Landry’s Aug. 21 column “Confessions of a health care ‘free rider’ ”: I was struck by the following statement: “Few days go by that it does not come to my mind that I am one diagnosis or accident away from losing a lifetime of savings.” Very dramatic.

Having a pre-existing condition as Landry does, I greatly sympathize with his frustrations in trying to find a solution to a very serious issue. However, dramatics aside, Landry’s deliberate (or undeliberate?) inability to arrive at the obvious conclusion that the hated “Obamacare” would solve his problem is disingenuous, at best.

Given his admitted Libertarian leanings, I have to assume that Landry is willing to allow his ideological leanings to prevent him from taking advantage of a legal benefit that would seem to be tailor-made for people like him. I’m assuming he will put his political beliefs ahead of his family’s well-being and pay the penalty for noncompliance. So did Landry let his policy lapse because he knew he would be covered by the “government” and just couldn’t bring himself to admit it? He should be thanking Nancy Pelosi.

Richard Towle, Pittsboro

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