Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/20/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — A huge improvement

It’s true that ObamaCare led my daughter’s insurance company to decide to drop her plan. But guess what. Thanks to ObamaCare she will be getting better coverage from the same company at lower cost.

I recently heard an announcement for a fundraiser to help cover the medical expenses of a child who required an extended hospitalization. I hope the fundraiser was a great success and the child is doing well. I’m also grateful President Obama stared down the forces of evil that fought ruthlessly to perpetuate a system in which families in such situations face financial ruin. Thanks to ObamaCare, that will no longer be the case starting next year.

Many people either can’t afford or put off preventive care due to its high cost. Thanks to ObamaCare these people will have no problem obtaining preventive services in the future as these services will generally be covered at no cost by their affordable insurance policies. Needless to say, this will be extremely beneficial to these individuals and society as a whole.

ObamaCare, or more fittingly ObamaCares, is not perfect, but it’s a huge improvement over the status quo. Thank you, President Obama and the Democrats.

Fred Cepela

Traverse City

It is help and justice

From a FactCheck article in the Record-Eagle, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is quoted as saying, “We have a great injustice going on right now in this country, with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives. And Obamacare is front and center in that.”

What a reframe and demonization of a good thing — the power and right of citizens to get together to do good things for themselves, get group rates and protect ourselves from the effects of the corporate mandate for profit.

People have always organized in groups and created “government” — together, we have more power and ideas. Yes, we need to curtail corporate influence on government — but think tanks repeat the mantra that government is bad — and folks believe it. Wow — how great it will be for the robber barons when they can rape our environment and pillage our pocketbooks at will because they’ve convinced us to take away protections we, through ‘government,’ created.

Obamacare puts controls on health insurance companies to limit profits, give us better coverage at bigger group rates — and insure more people. That isn’t control, it is help and it is justice.

Gwenne Allgaier

Maple City