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Milt Hankins: Here's what's right about Obamacare

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Frankly, I've heard enough negatives about "Obamacare" to last a lifetime! I'm upset, too, because most critics oppose it primarily because it is President Obama's signature legislation. What they do not know about it and don't care to learn would fill volumes.

Forty-some attempts in the U. S. House of Representatives to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act have failed -- an egregious, costly waste of time and money by our elected representatives. "Obamacare" is here, folks, and it's here to stay. If there's something wrong with it (and I'm sure there are a few things wrong with it), let's fix them, but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water.

If it could be repealed, what would we do about the almost two million people who have already signed up for it and are benefitting from it?

For goodness sakes, can we please stop campaigning against health care for those who desperately need it? If you are riled about the ACA, let me ask you one simple question: Who is it that you don't want to have affordable health care?

Are you talking about me? Had I lost my health insurance coverage, no insurance company in this country would have insured me with my serious health issues. Now, I cannot be excluded because of prior health conditions.

If you have listened to misinformation, innuendo, rumor and outright lies, READ THE PROVISIONS! Find out for yourself what the law says. Go to www.healthcare.gov. Learn for yourself what the facts are.

I'm tired of hearing "it was pushed through Congress" and "nobody knew what was in it." It was debated long enough in Congress for all pertinent questions to be asked, and those members who voted for it should have taken time to find out what they were voting for. If they didn't, then they ought to be defeated when they run for re-election.

I'm tired of hearing "no one likes it or wants it." Well, enough people liked it to re-elect President Obama by a sizeable majority. These folks like it and want it: 1) People who were previously not covered by health insurance and could not get health insurance because they could not afford it. 2) People who could not get health insurance because of previous and/or continuing health problems (like me!). 3) Folks who could not afford separate policies for their children who had left home or gone away to college. Students can remain on their parents' policies until they are 26 years of age. Several other categories make insurance available for young people under their parents' plans as well.

Lately, I've been hearing that it's "socialized" medicine and it doesn't work well in other countries. Canada, in particular. Most of these arguments are entirely unfounded. I have researched this thoroughly. Most Canadians love their healthcare program. The U.S. is one of the few civilized countries that has not heretofore had universal healthcare. Now, it's available!

Milt Hankins of Ashland, Ky., is a retired minister, theologian and freelance writer.



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