To the editor:
The U.S. Supreme Court rightly upheld the Affordable Care Act as legal last week.
The number of false statements about the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare," are becoming more frequent. I am sure they are confusing to our citizens. States received assistance in setting up Consumer Assistance Offices (a $30 million grant program was established). Also 46 states are using other resources provided by the ACA to crack down on unreasonable insurance premiums.
The ACA will not increase your insurance premium or your tax rate by one dime, and no one who has insurance will be taxed or penalized and you can still see your doctor.
Individuals and families without insurance will be able to purchase insurance through the exchanges which should be set up by 2013.
If states do not set up exchanges, the federal government will be forced to do it. Families and individuals will be able to receive tax credit to help with premiums if they are living below the federal poverty level.
Premiums for businesses also will not increase. Beginning in 2014 businesses with less than 25 employees will be eligible for enhanced tax credits to help pay for their employees coverage. Small businesses with up to 100 employees will be able to join shop exchanges where they can pool together and get affordable insurance rates. Larger employers can form EACOs (Employers Accountable Care Organizations).
I suggest that such questions be directed to Consumer Assistance Offices. However if your state opted out as Florida did, they may not be up to speed. Perhaps a good source would be the Attorney General Office (Attorney General Bondi).
Lewis Robinson, M.D.