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Opinion

November 19, 2013

ACA has been successful

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I am not surprised at the extreme measures the extreme Right wing has gone to discredit the Affordable Care Act. There has been an enormous amount of money spent on advertising this effort, and the Koch brothers have funded a large portion of this.

In spite of all the efforts to discredit the ACA, it is showing some signs of success. One of the more interesting reports on this success is told by George Logothets in his article “This is the real ‘rate shock.’ My parents’ amazing Obamacare story.” This story was reported in the Daily Kos.

Mr. Logothets said his parents have financial problems and are not old enough for Medicare. They have many health problems and have been paying $18,520 annually for the premiums and deductible for their health insurance. They could not get other insurance. Mr. Logothets is skilled in computer use and was able to get them a silver plan from the exchange for $53 a month and only a $1,500 annual deductible.

It is appalling at the extent that even the insurance companies have gone recently to keep their enormous profits for their rich executives and owners from being cut if the ACA is successful.

Humana was recently fined for sending 6,500 misleading cancellation letters on low-priced plans. These are plans that make an enormous amount of money for health insurance companies. Now Blue Cross has been caught enticing thousands of their holders to switch to these type plans. There have been cases already filed in courts against Blue Cross on this issue.

Reports show there is a higher number of uninsured veterans in those states that refused to accept the Medicaid expansion than the rest of the country. I am angry over this because I am a disabled Korean War combat veteran and this affects my comrades that served in our many foreign wars.

EDWARD HARRIS

Hugo

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