Please stop printing letters that are 100 percent false. I am referring to the recent letter from Phillip Joffrion, of the Karl-Rovians for Prosperity.

Insurance premiums have not “jumped by 50 percent.” In fact, since the passage of “Obamacare,” we have seen the slowest growth in health insurance premiums and health care cost increases in decades. The conservatives predicted that premiums would “soar” in 2014. It hasn’t happened. Now they predict they will “skyrocket” in 2015. If you Google “projected health insurance premium increase,” you will see figures in the 5 percent to 8 percent range. No one is predicting a 50 percent increase — let alone lying about one already having occurred — unless they work for Karl Rove or Fox “News.”

The average Louisianian that Joffrion is so worried about is so poor that their health insurance will be subsidized by “Obamacare,” anyway.

What is really going to cost us money is our beloved governor’s refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion — $16 BILLION, to be exact. Karl Rove and his minions are all in favor of that, though.

The fundamental premise of Joffrion’s letter — that only if people can “choose the health care that works for” them will our health care system get fixed — has NOTHING to do with “Obamacare.” Your health care is up to you. On the other hand, insurance is the most regulated industry in the U.S., and there are new rules that protect the consumer, allow those with pre-existing conditions to get insurance and offer subsidies if you can’t afford a policy. How WILL we survive?

I have asked my neighbors (as Joffrion suggests), and they all say their insurance is affordable or that they never had insurance until now or that they are glad that they can keep their adult children on their policies — possibly all of the above. They all go to the doctor of their choice.

“Obamacare” is saving lives by allowing folks to get coverage who previously couldn’t afford insurance or who were kept out of the system due to pre-existing conditions. Only the Republicans could possibly think that this is a bad thing.

Thanks to “Obamacare,” there is finally an open market for health insurance where you can compare apples to apples and get the policy that fits your needs at an affordable price.

I can’t help but notice that Joffrion’s letter is heavy on the criticism but light on suggested fixes. It is nothing but the same old “trust us, we have a plan” baloney that the GOP has been slicing for years.

Conservative lies and obstructionism are the problem — not “Obamacare.”

Michael Hale

IT consultant

Baton Rouge