Affordable Care Act a better alternative

By John Peters

January 15, 2014

To the Editor,

Regarding the Affordable Care Act. Some people I hear from are against a big government, social-welfare approach to medical care. The older of these people wouldn’t give up their Medicare, seeming to not understand or be willing to ignore that Medicare is this kind of program and works quite well for them.

Nonetheless, they and others are up in arms about the Affordable Care Act. Apparently they favor the way things were, when anyone who could afford health insurance could refuse to pay for it and stick the rest of us with their medical bills and make our insurance costs go up as well. This system also left more than 40 million people uninsured, and guess who paid their medical bills? It was big-government social-welfare medicine at its worst.

Now, with the Affordable Care Act, people have to take personal responsibility and purchase a policy from a private company in a competitive free market. Of course, since North Carolina lawmakers refused to set up an Exchange to do this, there’s not much competition in this state, but you’ll have to ask your representative (Shirley Randleman) how that makes any sense.

Despite this and the lies and attempts to scare people from buying their own health insurance, 274,163 North Carolinians signed up for healthcare coverage in December. I just heard from someone in Hendersonville whose son bought a nice plan for $120 a month.

As for the North Carolina state legislators and a governor who are working against implementing the Affordable Care Act and trying to prevent people from having health insurance and good quality healthcare, you have to wonder who and what they’re really concerned about. As for this guy Tillis (98th North Carolina District Rep. Thom Tillis) you see on TV carrying on about how he’ll undo the Affordable Care Act if he’s elected senator, you have to wonder what he’s really up to and exactly where he gets the money for those ads.

Richard Swart