Affordable Care Act

Dear Editor,

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act of ten times referred to as “Obamacare,” why are Republican/Conservative law-makers and pundits alike virtually unreasonable and especially negative and demagogic regarding the concept of universal health care for all Americans which by any fair-minded estimation appears to be a very worthwhile undertaking, that conceptually had earned considerable conservative support over the years?

Perhaps the true motivation of conservatives in their seemingly irrational degree of negativity to this new and far-reaching health-care reform law is ultimately their adject fear that this initiative will prove quite successful and such would then serve to further highlight the Republican party as largely irrelevant in the process of successfully addressing and resolving critical issues that face our great nation in this most challenging of times?

Simply put, it Republicans ace unwilling to attempt to be part of the solution they become part of the problem and to date they have offered only destructive criticism of Democratic initiatives, without the offer of constructive counter proposals of their own.

A number of the primary aspects of the Affordable Care Act include:

1. No America can be denied health care coverage as a result of a pre-existing condition.

2. Coverage for adult children up to the age of 26 is assured, as needed.

3. Free preventive health services for women and medicare recipients.

4. Elimination of lifetime limits due to long-term illness by insurance companies.

5. Elimination of the Medicare Part 1 drug plan “doughnut hole” which has caused seniors considerable financial distress.

6. Health insurance premiums to be made more equitable, etc.

Thus far, over 13 million Americans have received rebates for overcharging by from insurance companies, over 3 million young adults have been able to remain on their parents’ health insurance and the elimination of the Affordable Health Care Act would return over 30 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured are among the strong arguments for its continued funding and implementation.

Most of the cost to enact “Obamacare” will be generated by a slight tax increase on the top one percent of wage earners. Among us, which will lead to significantly lower health care coverage rates of insured citizens.

Such opposition and negativity toward programs designed to aid the general populace by Republicans/conservatives have been quite common over the years as Democratic initiatives such as Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, Insurance, etc. have been, and continue largely to be opposed by members and proponents of the long-standing basic philosophies of the “Grand Old Party.”

Thank you.


Richard Hord

Martins Ferry