Affordable care still needed

November 4, 2013 

The rollout of the health care website has been disappointing, to say the least. Yet despite the best efforts of one party to kill it, it continues to move forward.

I have yet to see an alternative plan nor even meaningful fixes suggested to repair an important and needed law. Why do they want to kill this law? Is it because every American having affordable health insurance a bad idea, or because it's this president's signature legislation?

We live in a capitalist system, but some things should not be for profit such as health care. Most of us will need health care at some point. It isn't cheap and is the No. 1 cause of personal bankruptcy.

These figures are from 2010 but put things in perspective. After health insurance companies donated $86.6 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to defeat the Affordable Care Act, in the first nine months of 2010, the top 10 insurance companies posted profits around $9.3 billion. The percentage of profit increases from the previous year ranged from 5.7 percent to 116 percent.

So what is the real problem? A flawed law and website that can be fixed? Or an out-of-control industry whose priority is to its stockholders rather than policy holders?

Unquenchable greed will be the downfall of this country, not a president's law aimed at improving the quality of life through quality, affordable health care.

Kris Rhines


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