We have been hearing a lot of noise about doing away with the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” commonly referred to as “ObamaCare.” What I am trying to figure out is why is this law considered a bad thing and even more troubling to me is what would we want to give up from this landmark legislation?
Do we not want to close the so-called “doughnut hole” coverage gap in the Medicare Prescription Drug law so seniors will no longer have to cut dangerous corners on their medications?
Do we want to reestablish co-pays for mammograms, colonoscopies and other preventive screenings that help older Americans more quickly and affordably identify and treat diseases such as cancer and diabetes?
Do we not want to cut wasteful spending to extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund so seniors can better afford premiums which have doubled over the past eight years?
Should we let insurers go back to denying coverage to pre-Medicare retirees because they have pre-existing conditions?
Should we allow insurance companies to go back to the practice of establishing lifetime limits on coverage, or allow them to drop coverage when individuals became sick, as has been the case before this law was passed?
As we recover from this recession, do we want to eliminate the provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26?
The above list only highlights some of the things we would lose if this law is overturned. Does any of this sound like something we should do? I don’t think so. Please think about these issues when you decide on who you will vote for this November.
I like ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act is only one of the many reasons why the United Steelworkers and SOAR endorsed Barack Obama for President.
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The Newspaper headlines for several days along with lengthy articles told of a merchant ship, "the Pomona" that was tied up in Honolulu waiting for crew to take it to the far east. The Captain had been murdered while at sea and the crew was afraid that the murderer was still aboard. The ship finally got underway again and my memory is that it had rudder problems and had to return to port. Then, after getting underway again it had a fire on board and had to return again.
While on liberty one day in Honolulu, I stopped in at a saloon on my way back to my ship. There, I met a merchant sailor who happened to be a sailor aboard the Pomona. He offered to take me back to the ship and let me come aboard her. We did and headed for the bow of the ship where there was a lot of noise. There sitting on the deck were a number of sailors, mostly drunken, talking about their predicament.