Letter to the editor

Letter: Time for better health care fix


The guest column by Joe Sammen demands a response.  

I find it very ironic he cites studies that the repeal of the ACA without replacement would lead to millions uninsured and replacement must contain certain protections. Where was this concern when millions lost coverage at the implementation of the ACA in the first place? The implementation of the ACA had to rely on deception (Pelosi: "We have to pass the law to find out what's in the law"), and lies (Obama: "If you like your plan you can keep you plan; if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor") to become law in the first place.  

Yes, pre-existing coverage and adult children staying on parents' plans until 26 are the good parts of the ACA. And they should be part of any new replacement plan. But the answer was to not upend coverage for 100 percent of the population to solve a problem for 10-15 percent of the population. There were much better alternative fixes for the 10-15 percent that lacked coverage than what the ACA did to everyone else.  

But Obama put his ideology ahead of what was good for the country and we ended up with what we have today - a failed ACA that has to be repealed and replaced.

Greg Nierling



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Tom Jeanette

Because every law is subject to amendments, or the sponsor pulling the bill from consideration, or the other house of Congress passing a slightly different version, we have seldom known with certainty what a law contains until it is passed. However, the ACA law was indeed known, word for word, for almost three months before it was voted on in the lower house. Pointing to Speaker Pelosi's remark as something sinister is simply spin by opponents.

The ACA law required no one to change doctors. It was the physicians that made the choice to not accept certain insurance plans, as it has been from the very beginning of the healthcare insurance era, and even from the very start of Medicare and Medicaid.

It wasn't just that tens of millions of Americans were added to the healthcare insurance rolls while another tens of millions lost coverage, it was a net tens of millions with affordable care after counting those who lost theirs.

Finally, while ACA is somewhat flawed, we need to fix it, not repeal now and replace years later. Continuity is important for the public health of our nation.

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