Letter: Individual parts of Obamacare are very popular
Many Americans who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) tell pollsters they oppose it. Obamacare has been so demonized by Republicans that voters blindly accept that it is a bad law.
However, when broken down to its individual parts, the polls are very different. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, the percent of a favorable view of elements of the Act is impressive:
—Tax credits to small businesses to buy insurance (88 percent in favor);
—Close the Medicare "donut hole" (81 percent in favor);
—Create health insurance exchanges (80 percent in favor);
—Extension of dependent coverage until age 26 (76 percent in favor);
—Subsidy assistance to individuals (76 percent in favor);
—Medicaid expansion (71 percent in favor);
—Employer mandate/penalty for large employers (71 percent in favor); and,
—Individual mandate/penalty (74 percent in favor).
The Act also prevents insurance companies from refusing to cover infants born with medical conditions, calling them "pre-existing conditions." In the future, all of us will enjoy this type of coverage. Unfortunately, many do not know that these elements make up the Affordable Care Act.
Rather than causing layoffs as some naysayers have claimed, the Act will create jobs. There will be a need for more medical professionals as well as insurance company employees to handle the resultant paperwork from the huge increase in customers.
This law will improve the American health care system and the health of all of us. Why would anyone vote against it? And yet Republicans in Congress continue to do so, in effect, preventing us from experiencing good health, while offering nothing to replace it but limited vouchers that may not cover all the necessary expenses.
If we are to enjoy the benefit of good health at a reasonable cost, we will have to get the Republicans who consistently vote against the Act out of Congress. Your vote counts! Use it in the next Congressional election to secure your own healthy future.
Charles "Chuck" Thompson