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October 6, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Go broke or break the law?
Mr. President, twice the cost for half of the coverage. Is that affordable care? [“A user’s guide: 20 things to know about the Affordable Care Act,” Section J, Sept. 22].
Today Mr. President, I learned from Group Health Cooperative, my insurance provider in Washington state, that my HSA Insurance plan(premium $323 per month) was canceled and the new policy will have a premium will be $532.67 per month and my “deductible/out of pocket maximum” is changing from $2,750/$5,500 to $4,000/$8,000. Is that affordable health care?
Mr. President, I am 60 years young, I have a healthy lifestyle and have always carried my own insurance. Unlike the U.S. government I have gone to great lengths to keep my cost of living down. Hence I did the research to find an Health Savings Account Plan that did not cover pregnancy. Now pregnancy is covered — just-in-case!
What happened to keeping my plan and keeping my doctors? With the new plan none of my doctors are in network. To see them will cost 80 percent more.
The federal debt is already despicable. Now you want responsible citizens, who up until now have managed their own money more responsibly than the government, to go into the poor house rather then break the law.
Of course you, Congress, and your staff who wrote the law for the other 350 million, will be supplemented.
Marjorie Masel, Seattle
October 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM
America should focus on its own disadvantaged
Dear Sen. Paul and Rep. Reichert:
We have known for decades that the U.S. health-care system leaves tens of
millions of Americans uninsured. At the same time, Canada and most
if not all European countries have systems in place which provide care
to all their citizens at half the cost of care in this country and with much better outcomes.
There have been times since World War II when the Republicans have
had complete control of the government such as under President Regan and
more recently President Bush. My question is: ”Why didn’t your party
come up with solutions which would provide care to every one and
not bankrupt them or the country?”
Even now your party does not have a plan which would ensure every American gets care that is affordable. It seems the only game your party is good at is starting unfunded wars which the country ends up losing, leaving countries such as Iraq in worst shape than they were before we attacked them.
You express concern about the debt limit being raised when your party is
a little more guilty in regard to the huge debt the country has incurred due to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and tax breaks for the wealthy who could well afford to pay more taxes since many of them have enough money to buy multimillion dollars houses only to tear them down to build even more expensive houses.
At the same time it is the least fortunate of Americans who have and continue to make sacrifices to fight wars and sustain military
presence in over a 144 countries and provide billions of dollars in aid to rich countries like Israel.
I have been waiting for answers for decades as to why America cares so
little for its own disadvantage citizens.
Looking forward to answers.
George Whitaker, Bellevue
GOP to blame for health-law stagnancy
Your headline, [“Health law’s rollout to reignite battle,” News, Sept. 22] is grossly misleading and unfair. There’s nothing for the Democrats to compromise about, and no one to compromise with.
The Affordable Care Act is law, and it was reaffirmed by both the U.S. Supreme Court and by President Obama’s re-election. The Republicans, though, are against it, not because they’re afraid it will fail but because they’re afraid it will succeed, making Obama and the Democrats look good.
It’s more than unfortunate that the GOP is entrenched in its radical willingness to sacrifice the full faith and credit of the United States in order to achieve their goals.
Tim Walsh, Seattle
October 4, 2013 at 6:34 AM
Quotes for new policies see some plans double in rate
I am a 59-year-old male in good health. [“While political war rages, historic part of health law starts,” page one, Oct. 1.] I have a family of five and currently have a high deductible health plan in conjunction with a Health Savings Account.
I just received quotations for new policies and my rates have effectively doubled. I will now have to pay in excess of $20,000 per year before receiving any benefits.
I have previously been a supporter of Obamacare, but for those who maintained that rates would not be changed, they are simply wrong. Obamacare will cost me $10,000 per year in additional medical costs. It should be repealed.
James B. Parsons, Bellevue
September 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Reassurance for young adults
Now that the House of Representatives has voted for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I want to point out the devastating effects this action would have on my family and families across the United States. [“Insuring health: Navigating your way through the Affordable Care Act,” Section J, Sept. 22.]
In this world of high medical costs, knowing that my son will be covered by my insurance until he turns 26 is a profound relief.
I cannot believe the behavior of lawmakers trying to strip this protection from young adults working on completing their education and entering the workforce. I looked into it and found that, because of the ACA, 7,000 young adults have been added to their parents’ plants in my district (WA-2) alone. Now, they can focus on taking their places in the American economy without worrying that they are one accident or illness away from financial disaster and years of debt.
Republicans also seem not to care that repealing the law would return us to the days when insurance companies could refuse to cover children with pre-existing conditions. I speak for many when I say that this would be a catastrophe. We can’t put little children with pre-existing conditions at the mercy of greedy insurance companies.
John Berg, Lynnwood
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