Letter to the Editor: Obamacare has helped Virginians

Editor:

You published a letter in the April 9 edition of the paper from Richard Brady. In it he took issue with a recent submission from Michael Cash.

As someone who actually has an Obamacare policy, I feel I must enlighten him on how Obamacare works. For those whose employers do not provide a health insurance policy they can buy into and for those who are self-employed, Obamacare has been a great boon.

He claims Obama lied about keeping your policy. Well, I still have a policy. It just cost me $140 a month instead of the previous $300. My premiums had gone up $150 a month in the three years I had my policy before the exchanges. Also, two months before the exchanges started I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Before Obamacare went into effect, my insurance company could have and would have raised my premiums. Without Obamacare, my premium would now have been $1,000 or more a month. Needless to say, I could not have afforded that.

Let me inform him of another true Obamacare experience. A friend of mine is a hairdresser and her husband has his own business. Before the exchanges, their policy cost more than their mortgage payment. I have found that most of the people who are so against this program currently receive Medicare and/or retirement medical benefits from federal, state, or local agencies. The people Mr. Cash was referring to in Wise County would be covered by Medicaid today if the Republicans in the state legislature had expanded the criterion for coverage as the health care bill intended.

He says the only people who benefited from Obamacare are those who had no insurance previously. Well, I had it previously and so did a lot of people I know. We benefited. Also, why does he begrudge those who previously could not purchase their own insurance because they had a previous condition and no insurance company would insure them or because they simply couldn’t afford the cost of a policy without benefit of a subsidy?

Eva Grimsley, Flint Hill

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