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Topic: Affordable Care Act

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November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Congress: Republicans need to stop throwing mud and get to work

I think the latest round of Republican theatrics in Congress (suing the president) demonstrates a real lack of vision for the people of this country [“House GOP sues Obama administration on health law,” Nation & World, Nov. 21]. Throwing mud and sand at the president and all his ideas is not really a viable…

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November 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Health care: Everyone deserves to have access to free care

Approximately 3,500 people came to the KeyArena Oct. 23-26 for free health care [“At KeyArena, they’re coming by the hundreds for free health care,” Local News, Oct. 23]. Medical, vision or dental services were provided by volunteer medical professionals: doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists, social workers, chiropractors, massage therapists, Naturopathics, many general support volunteers,…

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August 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler opposes Affordable Care Act despite daughter’s medical needs

Congresswoman’s vote against the act is selfish Reading the article about Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s child, Abigail, left me with mixed feelings [“Lawmaker’s child beat the odds,” NWSunday, Aug. 24]. On one hand I felt happiness that the child has a chance for a healthy life, but on the other hand how could her mother…

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August 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Jaime Herrera Beutler’s contradictory positions on health insurance coverage

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s suggestion that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with her baby’s survival procedure may be true technically but, in the bigger picture it is all about it [“Survival of Rep. Herrera Beutler’s child a celebrated case study,” Local News, Aug. 24]. Not only does she have great…

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May 5, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Obamacare’s drug problem: There were many foreseeable problems with the ACA

Columnist Jonathan Martin exposes his own hypocrisy regarding critics of the Affordable Care Act [“Obamacare’s drug problem,” Opinion, April 24]. He accuses opponents of creating “manufactured controversies of the Affordable Care Act,” yet the problems he describes don’t seem very different from the “technical fiasco” he claims was foreseeable. He actually proves the case of…

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April 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Obamacare: Why are we so scared of a single-payer system?

Syndicated columnist Paul Krugman is absolutely correct about the simplicity of a government single-payer system compared to the private insurance mess that is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [“Obamacare: a Rube Goldberg device,” Opinion, April 5]. Single-payer systems cost half as much and cover everyone without bankruptcies. The ACA does nothing to control the…

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March 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Health care: Numbers of enrolled don’t explain much

Columnist Danny Westneat writes, “Statewide, about 375,000 people have insurance due to health care reform” [”As GOP grumbles, many more now insured,” Local News, March 30]. I sure do. My individual policy was canceled, and I was offered a policy with a much higher deductible for double the premium. I was forced into…

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March 25, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Health care coverage is more than just numbers: It’s about quality

In the article “Elusive numbers make it hard to grade state’s health coverage” [Local News, March 22] the writer rightly points out the difficulty of measuring the impact of the Affordable Care Act in terms of numbers of policies or people. It’s questioned how many of the new enrollees were new to health insurance,…

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December 18, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Free market and competition should control health care

Government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system

The system giving access to the insurance products is flawed so severely that those who need it have to pick up the phone and call [“People stymied by error codes on state health exchange may get more time to enroll,” Online, Dec. 15].

Now the government is asking insurance companies to guarantee coverage to those who tried to sign up but were unable to complete it.

It is embarrassing that in this technically advanced world, with computers, software and Internet that this is happening.

This is unfair to the providers and those trying to purchase it. It is a perfect example of why the government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system. It is welcome to regulate it, but they obviously should not be this much involved.

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December 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

The Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction

Provides treatment for those with pre-existing conditions

President Obama speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Obama speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Andrew Reding might be among the small minority who have to pay higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act [“I can’t keep my health plan,” Opinion, Dec. 6].

However, he fails to recognize he is actually getting more. Not only can he no longer be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, it cannot be rescinded if he utilizes it. Should he suffer from a catastrophic illness or injury, there is no longer a limit on what his insurance will pay. Of bankruptcies filed in 2007, over 60 percent were due to medical expenses — 75 percent of those individuals had health insurance.

This doesn’t happen in other developed nations. They provide universal health care at a lower per-capita cost than the U.S. system, and have better outcomes. They don’t utilize for-profit insurance companies, and because all are covered, treatment is sought at earlier stages.

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