Health care predications are gloomy and not true

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 18, 2014 

A recent letter writer conjures up all kinds of gloom and doom predictions that will result from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). No facts are given, only conjecture on his part. He also takes objection to the president's constitutional right to veto legislation. In the view of the writer, apparently a black president doesn't enjoy the same privileges as his predecessors.

What the ACA is providing for is: no dollar limitations on health care; dependent coverage on a parent's health care policy; no insurance cancellations because of an insurance claim one has made; credits for small businesses who offer health care to employees; requiring insurance company justification of proposed premium rate increases of 10 percent or more; gradually closing the Medicare Part D "donut hole"; and of course, enabling every American citizen access to affordable, quality health insurance, including the 40 million who never had health coverage -- the ACA's primary objective.

Gloom and doom predictions are not new to the Republican Party. Consider the following: "Federal control of medicine would anesthetize American medicine -- the proud symbol of our competitive system." And, "It will usher in federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known in this country." The above are not about the ACA. They are 50-year-old gloom and doom quotes from President Ronald Reagan regarding Medicare.

Count the number of senior citizens who don't like Medicare. You only need one hand. There are only five, and they are all Republicans.

Tony Amadeo


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