October 2, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Give Obamacare a chance

 

Obamacare. Never has a word inspired so much passion. There is so much confusion surrounding it that many of those who categorically oppose it, cannot really tell you why.

Obamacare does not replace private insurances, Medicare or Medicaid. If you currently have coverage, you can keep it.

Obamacare offers new rights and protections, such as requiring insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions, preventing gender discrimination and stopping insurance companies from dropping you when you are sick.

Obamacare gives seniors access to cheaper drugs and free preventative care. The AARP reports that health care costs for the elderly will go down. Sixty percent of all bankruptcies are related to medical bills. The new laws protect you from this by ending annual and lifetime limits.

The newly created state run exchanges will provide many options and price levels for coverage. The insurance companies will actually have to compete for your business.

And Obamacare is paid for. It will not increase the deficit. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that it will decrease the deficit by more than a trillion dollars over the next two decades.

So, why are we so unwilling to take a wait-and-see attitude?

Rose Rhoades

Spokane

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