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ACA health care not living up to Obama’s words

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

[President Obama, speaking about the] Affordable Care Act: “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”

Not true, Mr. President. I got my cancellation notice.

“Premiums will not go up. They may even go down.”

Not true, Mr. President. My $5,000 deductible policy at $600 a month is replaced by a $6,000 deductible policy at $1,011 a month.

We are over 60 and now have pregnancy coverage. Isn’t that great? Probably we can get birth control and have an abortion, too.

Since there is no penalty for pre-existing conditions, it seems it would make more sense to wait till we are sick to get $1,000 deductible coverage instead of paying $12,000 a year in premiums and $12,000 a year in deductibles.

The ACA requires policies to have new benefits, even if one was already satisfied with one’s policy. When benefits are added to a policy, the premium has to go up to cover the additional expense. This is basic economics. I would guess 90 percent of the policies that individuals are buying will have new benefits and be canceled.

The people who voted for this bill should have understood this was going to happen. Oh, I forgot. They had to vote for the bill to see what is in it. That is no way to run an organization, much less a country.

There were plenty of things that could have been done to make care more affordable. To make the act revenue neutral, taxes were put on medical equipment and care providers. If you want more people to have insurance, let them deduct their premiums.  Institute tort reform.

I believe this bill was designed to make the insurance companies the fall guys for an unworkable program. I encourage everyone affected to contact your U.S. congressmen and the president at www.usa.gov/contact/elected.shtml on the Internet.

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