Opinion / The Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com
Letter to the Editor: The truth about the Affordable Care Act
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.