To The Editor:
I’m writing in response to the editorial, “Slipping Away,” which asserted that President Obama had not done enough to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The editorial presented poll numbers to prove the ACA’s lack of popularity with the public.
There is a lot that isn’t known yet, as the comprehensive law will not be in full effect until 2018. Like Medicare when it rolled out, implementation will be a process. Problem-solving will happen along the way.
In the end, it may work as well as Medicare, a program that pays reasonable prices for health care and has been tremendously successful. Medicare has helped millions of older Americans address medical issues while keeping them out of poverty and bankruptcy.
Unlike Medicare, the ACA leaves health insurance in the private sector market where fragmentation defeats efforts to rein in prices, administrative costs are almost 30 percent higher, and insurers are profit-driven.
I realize that editorials are opinion pieces, but repeating poll numbers did nothing to educate readers about what the ACA has already done for millions of Americans.
According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek over a year ago, the act had already benefitted Americans in the following ways:
One of every four Americans received a free mammogram, colonoscopy, or flu shot – detection and prevention measures that save lives;
About 3.6 million Medicare recipients saved an average of $604 as the ACA began closing the gap in prescription drug coverage; and
2.5 million young adults were allowed to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until their 26th birthday.
That was a year ago. It would be a great service to your readers to present facts that help educate rather than fueling uninformed speculation.
Education isn’t just the president’s job.