Letter to the Editor: The truth about the Affordable Care Act

^ Posted Jul. 10


More bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by catastrophic illnesses than by any other cause. The Affordable Care Act will end that.

The Affordable Care Act:

•Requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance for employees. Fifty-four percent of Republicans approve. (This and the following Republican approval percentages come from the Reuters-Ipsos Poll of 1,043 Americans taken June 19-24, 2012. This poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.)

•Allows children to stay on their parents' insurance policy until age 26. Fifty-two percent of Republicans approve.

•Bans insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans approve.

•Bans insurance companies from canceling policies because a person becomes ill. Eighty-six percent of Republicans approve.

•Creates an insurance pool in which small businesses and the uninsured can access online insurance exchanges and take advantage of group pricing benefits. Eighty percent of Republicans approve.

•Provides for subsidies to aid people who can't afford health insurance. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans approve.

Which of the above protections do you favor?

The language (proposed by Republicans) which Sarah Palin interpreted to mean the establishment of "death panels" was removed entirely from the legislation before it was passed.

The Affordable Care Act is not a job killer. Providing health care services to 30, 40 or 50 million previously uninsured people will create jobs.The Supreme Court of the United States has now ruled that virtually all of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

Over the next 20 years the Affordable Care Act will finally stabilize the ever-increasing costs of health care (so says the Congressional Budget Office).

So what's not to like about the Affordable Care Act?

This November you have a choice:

You can vote for President Obama who will fight to make sure that the Affordable Care Act is properly implemented; or you can stay home and not vote; or you can vote for Mitt Romney who promises to repeal the Affordable Care Ac, including all of the above protections. Whether he would replace it with anything remains to be seen.

Waller H. Wilson, Front Royal


Hopefully your letter will open some eyes that have been closed by the negativity that has surrounded the Affordable Health Care Bill. $400 million was spent by the Health Care Industry to discredit this Act. Sadly, that effort has seems to have worked to the detriment of a large majority of Americans.

Where's your question about it being OK being a TAX now?

correction my above comment:

Correction toearlier comment I made:

Hopefully your letter will open some eyes that have been closed by the negativity that has surrounded the Affordable Health Care Bill. $400 million was spent by the Health Care Industry to discredit this Act. Sadly, that effort seems to have worked to the detriment of a large majority of Americans.

That question would be better ask of your flip flopping Presidential candidate Mitt. Of course you might get a different answer on the issue depending on which day you asked the question.

Who would be against all these wonderful things in the ACA? I am also in favor of eating ice cream every day and never gaining weight. But not to worry, ACA requires that insurance pay for my weight loss program, so it's all good.

Tax? Penalty? Who cares what you call it. The important thing is, it would only have to be paid by the deadbeats, the freeloaders----those who by their irresponsible behavior are forcing those of us who are responsible to pick up their bill. To put it another way, be a reponsible citizen and follow the law---and yes, it has been declared constitutional---- and you will not have to pay it. So, what is wrong with that? You don't agree with this healthcare law? Does that mean I don't have to follow any of the laws of this country that I don't agree with?

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a start for addressing the huge problem of our unsustainable current system where health costs have been going through the roof. Who do you think has been paying for all the people who can not, or will not, get health insurance but show up in the Emergency Room in some cases racking up thousands of dollars in care? You better believe someone has to pick up that tab and that someone all these years has been the rest of us!

For all of the exaggerations and outright lies that the Republicans have used against Obamacare, they have never in the past even attempted to address this huge health cost problem. Even now, Republicans and Romney howl about replace and repeal of Obamacare, but the details of what the "replace" is are non-existent.

There is some legitimate cause for concern regarding increased premiums due to adding poorer people to the insurance pool. Adding these individuals to the medical care pool earlier will cost less in the long run, and might just have the added benefit of providing them with the same chance for a healthy life that more fortunate members, like you and I, have.

One of the most absurd arguments against ACA is "We don't want the government deciding what procedures we can have." But we have no objections to a for-profit healthcare insurance corporation whose main concern is making money making those calls? It is important to understand that healthcare insurance providers do not care about the patient, they care about the bottom line. The healthcare insurance industry CEO's enjoy an above average CEO compensation, somewhere in the high 7-8 digit range. Reform will stop "rationing" - not increase it: It’s a myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.

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