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November 18, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Middle class faces the brunt of health-care changes

Insurance company representatives arrive at the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Nov. 15, to meet with President Obama about the problems with the rollout of the new health care law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Insurance company representatives arrive at the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Nov. 15, to meet with President Obama about the problems with the rollout of the new health care law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obamacare justification should not be political

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made a valiant attempt to justify the seriously flawed Affordable Care Act in his column [“Your health plan and Obamacare,” Opinion, Nov. 13].

Sticking entirely to his party line, he listed the reasons why we all should embrace Obamacare. However, commissioner, the dilemma of policy cancellations to the middle class is not about politics. It is seriously affecting nearly 300,000 residents in the state of Washington.

Sure, policy criteria premiums change annually, but never to the extent we are currently witnessing. Does it really make sense that those of us fortunate enough to be healthy and have incomes above the government subsidized threshold should incur the brunt of making this plan work? My wife and I currently have a perfectly good plan, not one referenced as “inadequate.” Yet, Regence has advised us the premiums will nearly double. In addition, along with the privilege of contributing more to support those “in need,” our deductible and out-of-pocket limits will actually increase.

And of course, the commissioner’s office has apparently blessed the new plans presented by Regence. I have to believe that many of the 300,000 affected Washington residents are in situations similar to ours.

— Wes Pitman, Woodinville

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