Entertainers Should Get Out Of Politics — Ellen Degeneres

Ms. DeGeneres,

Thank you for promoting Obamacare on your show last week.   Because of your support and the support of others in Hollywood  my company had to leave Blue Cross/ Blue Shield as the premiums more than doubled for my family.  Had my company stayed with BC/BS of Alabama my part of the premium would have been close to $24,000 per year.  It is a cost far greater than my family can afford. Your support of Obamacare and the support others in the entertainment industry have resulted in the destruction of working affordable insurance plans across this country.  

Millions of Americans flat out lost their coverage, coverage they liked and could afford.  Your blind support of this program is one reason that these folks are without coverage today.  Millions more are losing their coverage because the rates they pay have gone through the roof.  Those millions are middle class, just not poor enough for subsidies.  Those are the people that go to the theaters, to movies and buy the products on whose advertising you depend.  

It is my hope that anyone who has been negatively impacted by Obamacare, chooses to not buy the products that fuel your show.  If you wish to be an entertainer that is wonderful, but if you wish to promote something without becoming truly educated on what that something does, that is a crime you should be responsible for.  I realize that many celebrities have done this and they are equally responsible.   

Personally, our company had to go with an HMO and, unlike many of those I know, my doctors are in the plan.  Across the country people are dying because they have lost coverage and that process has just started.  For everyone who is denied a medical procedure because they lost their insurance, you are responsible. For everyone who dies because their doctor quits on account of this program you are responsible.   Entertainers  should not be in the business of promoting things for which they themselves don’t have to live with.  I hope the population votes with their pocket books against every entertainer that has decided they know how to provide for people’s healthcare better than they knew how to provide it themselves. 

 

Keith Risman

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