NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), called originally “Obamacare” by conservatives who hated this program and wanted to see it abolished, has some flaws that need correcting.
However, the American people do not deserve the lies and distortions that have been used to try and get it abolished.
It is important to note that the distortion that “many people had insurance before getting insurance on the exchanges” and did not need this because they were already insured is false.
I am a senior citizen, a disabled Korean War combat veteran, and my wife and I have to live very frugally on the small income we get. I get some medical support from veterans’ services, but am remote from this service and feel I need to be covered locally, since I have some severe health problems.
Therefore, in addition to Medicare, I purchase a supplementary private policy.
Under the exchange, I got a policy at less cost that also covers the initial deductible from Medicare. I would be considered, by the detractors, as having insurance and not needing the exchanges.
I know of other cases in my own family where the ACA has helped individual members. One, with severe health problems, had very limited health insurance coverage and was able to get an affordable policy from the exchange.
An important point is the fact that ACA forced insurance companies to discontinue their despicable practice of refusing to cover people with pre-existing conditions or even refusing to cover their clients when they could even construe something as “pre-existing.”
Another important point is that companies now have to provide the cancer-preventing drugs, at no cost, for women susceptible or who have had breast cancer. We provided this, at our own expense, a number of years ago.
At support group meetings, my wife met women, young — sole supporters of their children — who said they had been prescribed these preventative drugs but could not afford them, and this is cruel and criminal.