LETTER: Check it out for yourself

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

This is an answer to Rev. Bruce MacInnes’ letter (Sept. 28, 2013).

It’s sad that a man of the cloth elaborates such misinformation in a letter to the editor about the Affordable Health Care Act. The Affordable Health Care Act focus on preventive services, it is less expensive to prevent a disease than to treat a disease. It is better and cheaper for citizens to go to their family doctor than in the emergency room at a hospital, which is the most expensive type of health care. It is better for all of us to be health of body, mind and spirit. That is why most places that people work provides health insurance to their workers.

There are lots of covered preventive screenings and services for adults under the act, which I will list a few: alcohol misuse, blood pressure, cholesterol, colorectal cancer, depression, type-2 diabetes, diet, HIV, immunization, obesity and tobacco use. There is little changes for seniors under the Act.

Then there are preventive screenings and services for women under the act: Breast cancer mammogram (every two years for women over 40), cervical cancer, osteoporosis, contraception, well women visits (to obtain recommended preventive services), the following services are for pregnant women, (Rh incompatibility, folic acid supplements, Hepatitis B screening on their first prenatal visit).

Here are some of the preventive screenings and services for children under the act: autism, behavioral, blood pressure, developmental, fluoride supplements for children without city water, immunizations, lead screening, iron supplement, vision screening and obesity counseling.

Students do not have to take out insurance since under this bill they can stay under their parent’s insurance coverage until they are 26 years old. Then there is the prevention of fraud, waste and abuse hotline that anyone can call: 1-800-447-8477. It has already helped save the American taxpayers over $10.7 billions.

If a citizen does not have insurance coverage, they will more than likely wait until they are very sick and end up in the emergency room, and you and I will end up paying for their care. Citizens of Lee County, please do not listen to lies and rumors about the Affordable Health Care Act. Please search on the internet or ask your doctor. Don’t take my word, but check it out for yourself.

Mark Coggins