Health care coverage needs a good debate

info@islandpacket.comNovember 19, 2013 

Another writer may find public debate tiresome, but I suggest that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to the majority of Americans are by no means clear.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 47 million people were without health insurance in 2012, but Forbes estimates that those who couldn't get coverage because of pre-existing conditions was closer to 1.5 million.

So what should our goal for health care reform be? Availability of coverage? Free insurance for everyone who cannot afford it? What is the test of being able to afford something? Should health care be every man for himself, without any thought for others?

How can our country do the most good? How can we give people opportunity and help without eliminating personal initiative and responsibility?

Who will bear the burden of the Affordable Care Act? It will not primarily be those who sit in our comfortable, upscale community, but the working-class families who are among the 256 million people who already have insurance. We will pay more to get less under this law, and still hear heartbreaking stories of those who suffer. Can we work together to prevent that?

Charlotte Cushman

Port Royal

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