Obamacare's misunderstood

October 8, 2013 

I simply refuse to believe that the letters published on Saturday were representative of the public's opinion on the Obamacare issue.

I do believe that President Obama seriously erred by not calling the program its real name and allowing others to name it after him when there is a core of the public who see it as serious and think he named it after himself.

There is an underlying error in the most basic analysis of the Affordable Care Act, which is primarily believing that it effects everyone. In truth, only about 17 percent of the general public, those who do not already have private insurance, employment-related group insurance and/or Medicare are affected directly.

If you already have such insurance, nothing will change for you. Even a basic major medical plan that covers only hospital expenses or has a huge deductible before paying anything is still OK. Unfortunately, may of the newly covered people have no idea what a co-pay or a deductible is. More education was needed and again, this is the failure of the Department of Health and Human Services, and it has been made worse by the Tea Party Republicans who use this to scare people.

The government shutdown is wrong because there are irrefutable facts in play. The ACA is a law. It was already passed by Congress. It was affirmed by the Supreme Court. If some people don't like it, pass a reform or an amendment to it . But don't close down essential services like the kid who takes his ball home and pouts.

Joseph M. Reichert


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