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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Affordable Care Act’s affordability

Hikes in price do not look promising

As tragic as it is, Paul Krugman’s column is most likely correct. [“Health-care reform is here to stay,” opinion, Oct 6].

It is a sad day for many, even though several are still learning that truth Krugman used an already tired line regarding the Republicans and their fear of Obamacare’s success or failure. To this, it really is more a point of view rather than anything else. From the point of view of people I know, it’s a horrible failure.

People have lost huge amounts of working hours due to companies cutting back to avoid paying insurance for their employees. Some have lost jobs entirely. Others who already have insurance have seen their monthly amounts go up to unreasonable amounts. One person I know went from $250 to more than $1100 per month. She checked the exchanges and found nothing she could afford there either; We are told there are good rates on the exchanges, but I have talked to many people and haven’t heard of one yet.

So if Obamacare’s point of view was to have people earn less money, be mandated to purchase something they can’t afford or face the IRS over penalties, then by all means it’s a great success.

Eric Vane, Seattle

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