To the editor:
To a large segment of the population, insurance may as well be written in sanscript. The Affordable Care Act has its flaws, but the basic benefit is that everyone will be able to get health care coverage. Even if you have a pre-existing health problem, you cannot be turned down for coverage. As it stands now, anyone who has health problems can't buy health insurance at any price, and you can be dropped from coverage at the whim of your insurance carrier. With the Affordable Care Act, you can't be singled out for higher rates or have your costs raised because you get sick.
There are a lot of changes in the plan that will be made once it's up and running. History tells us the same thing occurred when Medicare was first set up. It took a few years to refine it, but ask anyone on Medicare how it works for them and they'll tell you it's a godsend -it keeps you from going bankrupt or dying.
There are crazies in Congress who have voted 41 times to repeal the ACA, even after the Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional. Instead of acting like rabid animals, these fools need to propose positive changes in the law so every citizen can have good health care -like they have. Threatening to shut down the entire government so they can defund the health care law shows how heartless and greedy they really are. They're not representing the American people, they're representing a political movement that cares about one thing - making the president look bad at all costs.
If one person dies because of their ideology, they're responsible for that death and should be subject to a lawsuit and removal from office. Rather than acting like a group of inmates in a mental institution, they should be working together to accomplish the goal of making life-saving health care available to every person in this country.
It's a national disgrace how they're using their office to push a political agenda that may cause the deaths of thousands of people, when life-saving treatment is only a few miles away at their local hospital. How do these freaks of nature sleep at night or stand to see their own reflection in a mirror?
The people who put these jerks in office need to realize that they, too, will need health care someday, and so will their families. Enough is enough. Sick people can't wait until these fools stop playing the blame game. Treatment of serious illness is not a political game, it's a matter of life and death. Call your representatives and tell them it's time these games stop and serious work gets done.