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Obamacare will send costs up

February 27, 2013
Salem News

Calls for repeal of "Obamacare," the president's national health care takeover, seemed to fade away after President Barack Obama was re-elected last November. But you may hear them resume, stridently, as tens of millions of Americans find themselves paying more for health care because of the law.

Health insurance premiums for people who buy policies themselves will go up by as much as 13 percent in 2016, as a result of Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded recently.

Some state insurance regulators think even more people could be affected. "Rate and market disruption" is a concern, California officials wrote to Obama.

Many people who like the insurance they have will lose it or have to buy higher-cost policies, some researchers have noted.

Obamacare should be repealed. But by the time many Americans reach that conclusion, it will be too late.

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Most forms of gambling in Ohio, from the ticket-based lottery on up to table gambling at casinos, is under at least some control by state government. But so-called "Internet cafes" have been allowed to slip through cracks in state law.

Hundreds of such establishments exist throughout the state. Patrons buy time on phone cards or Internet-linked computers, then use their "points" to bet on electronic games such as poker.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine is right to insist such gambling be regulated by the state.

One reason for state oversight is to ensure legalized gambling follows at least some rules. State legislators should accept DeWine's advice and provide for oversight of Internet cafes.

 
 

 

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