Politicians should heed growing success of ACA

April 8, 2014 

Health Overhaul

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Rosemary Cabelo uses a computer at a public library to access the Affordable Health Care Act website, in San Antonio. The Obama administration says following a December surge, more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal governmentís improved website. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

ERIC GAY — AP

What a great day April 1, 2014 turned out to be. President Barack Obama announced that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for the Affordable Care Act. That is 7.1 million newly insured people who don't believe that the ACA is a disaster. In fact, for many, the ACA is a godsend, not a disaster!

The ACA, just like Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, will grow and continue to get better over time. Destroy-Obama Republicans will continue to stage useless votes (51) to overturn the ACA. Will there be a 52nd vote on the wrong side of history?

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, of course, disagrees, stating; "Whether they can sign up for a policy or not, they are discovering, of course, higher premiums, a higher deductible. Many of them are losing their jobs and so it really is a catastrophe for the country, both for the healthcare providers and the consumers."

My son signed up and didn't lose his job and, no, he didn't discover higher premiums or a higher deductible. Over 7 million people signed up and where is the catastrophe?

Is it not ironic that the American taxpayer covers the health care benefits for our 435 congressmen, 100 senators, one president and nine Supreme Court Justices? My son contributes to their healthcare every paycheck. Yet, he was uninsurable!

Charlie Reese, a former columnist with the Orlando Sentinel, once wrote, "What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall."

Doug McClaugherty

Sarasota

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