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Letter: Don’t give up on health care reform

Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To The Editor:

I realize that the recent issues surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act are frustrating, but that is no reason to give up on health care reform. 

The Affordable Care Act is giving many uninsured Americans an opportunity to have insurance that will both prevent and deal with health issues. I recently spent some time in the local hospital emergency room while a friend got care. It was in the evening and so busy that every five or ten minutes families came for assistance and many without any insurance. 

The law also sets minimum standards of coverage that make sure every insurance plan will actually prove useful when people need health care. That has not always been the case and these cut-rate plans held by a small number of Americans have contributed to sky-rocketing health care costs.

We should take the politics out of the discussion and give the Act a chance to work.  Social Security took many adjustments, and I doubt many people would want to eliminate those benefits. Indeed, as Sen. Durbin noted the health reform is expanding coverage to 40 million people who did not have it before.

In addition those who have had insurance are being given access to better quality plans – often at a lower cost.

The website issues are disappointing, but they are in no way an indictment of the entire Affordable Care Act.

Eileen Dubin

DeKalb

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