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May 5, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Obamacare’s drug problem: There were many foreseeable problems with the ACA

Columnist Jonathan Martin exposes his own hypocrisy regarding critics of the Affordable Care Act [“Obamacare’s drug problem,” Opinion, April 24].

He accuses opponents of creating “manufactured controversies of the Affordable Care Act,” yet the problems he describes don’t seem very different from the “technical fiasco” he claims was foreseeable.

He actually proves the case of those who do not support the ACA while criticizing them. He says “poor care and wrongheaded federal rules” are endangering Washington state’s drug treatment programs, and gives numerous examples of the programs affected.

Is he so naive as to think any federal legislation the size of the ACA would not have “a swarm of unintended consequences?” Now that the reality is setting in, and the impact of the law is causing damage without providing needed assistance, how ironic that he continues to be critical of those who did anticipate problems.

Cecilia Bordenet, Redmond

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