Affordable Care Act needs chance to work

info@islandpacket.comNovember 16, 2013 

I watched the recent hearing when Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius testified. For each Republican who used letters from constituents complaining about the Affordable Care Act, there was a Democrat with letters from constituents who praised the same act.

Americans need health insurance to avoid bankruptcy in the event of a catastrophic illness. Every American family can supply anecdotal evidence to confirm this fact.

A few days ago, I heard from high-ranking officials that Kentucky hospitals were under-compensated by $600 million and Virginia hospitals by $1.8 billion in 2012 for care given to those who could not pay their bills. Therefore, those who can pay are charged more for a hospital to break even. If all were insured, our health care costs should be less.

We need to see the effects of the law before we toss in the towel.

I hope that Congress will reach a compromise on the budget to provide some fiscal stimulus so that our economy will return to 5 percent unemployment. At that level, there should be enough tax revenue to put us into a surplus.

Obviously, in Beaufort County, you do not sing to the choir by suggesting the we need to give the Affordable Care Act a chance. A little bit more spending and lower taxes along with some entitlement tweaks will give us a better economy and a stronger country.

Dick Briggs

Fripp Island

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