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Letter to the editor: Town hall meeting on Obamacare was not an open, two-sided debate

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

Attending “Where Does Indiana Stand on the Affordable Care Act, Allen County Town Hall Meeting” on Aug. 29, I was looking forward to a two-sided debate about the negatives and positives of Obamacare.

However, when invited guests were introduced, I discovered all on the panel were advocates. Nary a single voice of opposition was to be heard. Nor were audience questions tolerated that shed a negative slant. Rather than allowing individuals to come to the microphone to ask questions, we had to write our questions, which were screened.

One courageous man shouted out a question, wanting the truth addressed, but sadly, tonight it wasn’t.

The questions I wanted answered were:

1. Is it true that the IRS is hiring convicted felons as navigators to gather Social Security numbers, birth dates, full names and mothers maiden names, financial records, etc.? (Opportunity for ID theft and voter registration fraud)

2. When will the Independent Payment Advisory Board be reinstated?

3. Will Obamacare participants be required to receive a computer chip in their body?

4. Can people be jailed if they don’t sign up or pay the fine?

Sadly this turned into an evening of “this is where to sign up for Obamacare.”

Lynnette Brink