To the Editor,
Dr. Robert Brown writes in the Sept. 30 Mercury that he has “read and scanned through all 2,400-plus pages” of the Affordable Health Care Act. Please tell us what page leads to your conclusion that “our personal privacy has been destroyed” because “everything you say to your doctor will be open for anyone to read.” Really? Is it going to be possible for me or anyone else (besides the NSA, of course) to read what Robert Brown says to his own doctor? Surely this claim is incorrect.
How many people will be helped by the law? Dr. Brown claims because “85 percent of folks had health insurance, 15 percent were without,” that we did not need the Affordable Care Act. But 15 percent means more than 45 million people had no health insurance at all. And the 85 percent counted by the Census Bureau as having health insurance includes about 50 million currently dependent on Medicaid.
And surely some of the people who are counted as having insurance have inadequate insurance with high deductibles and high co-payments. I suggest that the Affordable Care Act is attempting to deal with major gaps in our health care insurance system and that the number of persons to be helped is huge.
What can it mean to say that Congress has exempted itself from the Affordable Care Act? Congresspersons did not need the Act; they have adequate insurance. I do not need the Act; I have adequate insurance. The Act was not focused on helping Congress, or me, or Dr. Brown.
President Obama said the other day that when the benefits of the new law are experienced, Republicans will no longer be willing to call it “Obamacare.” How many Republicans today refer to Social Security as “Rooseveltsecurity” or Medicare as “Johnsoncare”?
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