Topic: health-care reform
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October 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM
Your article “Obama taps experts to fix online snags in care plan” [page one, Oct. 21] is interesting to me.
As a college student in my mid-20s, I am finding myself needing to sign up for my own health insurance at the same time as President Obama’s health-care reforms are taking effect.
I had previously heard about the frozen computer screens and other software glitches that other people were experiencing as they attempted to sign up for health insurance, and was concerned about using the software myself. It is good to know that President Obama and his staff are doing the best they can to fix the health-care sign-up software as more and more people are looking to get signed up for the health-care exchange.
Kristin Ford, Auburn
October 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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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