Misplaced blame on health care

December 3, 2013 

If you are one of the estimated 2 million Americans (about 5 percent of the overall insurance market) whose health insurance plans may have been canceled, you should not be blaming President Obama or the Affordable Care Act.

It is estimated that about half of these people will get better coverage for a lower price and some will even get subsidies to help them pay the lower price. But some people losing their current policies (and being offered better coverage) are going to have to pay a higher price.

All the critics who are calling the president a liar have done nothing in their states to set up exchanges to reach the citizens, are opposed to expanding Medicaid to help poor people get better health care and have never put any proposal on the table as an alternative fix for our country's health care system. They want the ACA to fail.

Who should you be blaming? The insurance companies because they have not been providing people with coverage that meets the minimum basic standards for health care under the new law. To be blunt, insurance companies have been taking advantage of people.

The ACA doesn't force insurance companies to cancel their own substandard plans. The companies chose to do this rather than do what is right and bring the policies up to code.

This is the truth about Obamacare and the president will make it work.

Michael Ray Dillier

Collinsville

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