The Norman Transcript


December 15, 2013

Republicans staked their future on Affordable Care Act’s failure

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Republicans have staked their future on the failure of the Affordable Care Act. After little success in getting the ACA abolished, they have gone to the extreme in distortions, untruths and even false advertising to keep people from signing up for health insurance.

There are already indications around the country that ACA is going to be successful. There are more reports of people, that could not get or afford it, being able to get affordable health insurance.

Jason Cherkie and Ryan Grim have recently reported in HuffPost Politics why the ACA is going to succeed in their article titled, “O Yes Here’s Why Obamacare is Going to Work.” They contend that millions of uninsured people are concentrated in urban areas and this represents “a once-in-a-generation organizing opportunity” to sign them up for health insurance. They contend that 2.2 million people live in Los Angeles County and Harris County has 1.1 million. Evidently many organizations, mostly volunteer groups, are recognizing the need and are working around the clock helping people in these and other areas.

With the masses enrolling for health care, it is criminal that millions in Texas, Oklahoma and other states that did not accept the Medicaid expansion will still be without insurance. These people will still be going to hospitals and emergency rooms where the citizens of these states will be paying to cover this extra cost.

Health care providers acknowledge that preventive care would have reduced the need for many hospital and emergency room visits. We have a higher mortality rate than most European countries and this can only be attributed to our higher poverty rate and reduced health care for the majority of our citizens.



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