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It is time for Congress to acknowledge healthcare reform

April 9, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Some 7.1 million people just enrolled is only the tip of the Affordable Care Act. This is an issue that our Republican Congress does not even acknowledge.

Now that the ACA has reached its goal, why doesn't the Congress just accept it, instead of voting uselessly to repeal it? The Republican Party does not support this reform. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld this Law. The millions of people it has helped, need it and want it.

Back to the rest of the iceberg, the 80 percent that is underwater. This part added to the 7.1 million will add up to 20 million people now benefiting from ACA.

Children up to age 26 are now covered by parents policy.

People with pre-existing health issues are now covered.

People with no insurance can now be added to state's Medicaid rolls if governors opt to take federal funding at 100 percent paid by federal funding. (Gov. Scott has not opted to help 80,000 in Florida.)

More of the insured are receiving benefits to help close the donut hole in their drug expenses.

Portability allowing workers to change jobs if they wish to because their insurance is no longer attached to their employer.

Insurance companies now must spend 80 percent of your policy on your care with no lifetime caps.

All of the above are making healthcare work now and going forward we should be able to help others.

If Gov. Rick Scott refuses to insure those in need, he should pay the price on Nov. 4 of this year - election day.

If our legislators refuse to support the return of Florida's tax dollars to benefit the Florida's uninsured they too should pay the price at the polls.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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