LETTER: Keep your eyes open

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

I am responding to an article on Saturday’s editorial page by Chris Fitzsimon, "Insanity aside."

Is it expecting too much to expect a journalist to present the facts or, at the minimum, present opposing sides of an issue? Instead, all I saw was an article with Obama administration talking points — another political ad is disguise. He stated, "the vast majority of people in N.C. and across the country who already have health coverage will not be affected at all by the Affordable Care Act." Where have I heard that one before?

Well, it's certainly not true for our family. Our daughter, a college student, currently has a policy costing $92 per month, but that must be replaced. The replacement policy increases her co-pay amount for doctor visits etc., increases the deductible from $3,500 to $5,000, and will cost $208 per month — an increase of 126 percent! That is a real-life example.

My employer-provided insurance is also being changed to new plan options and subsequent premium increases and changes in coverage. Individuals on Medicare are also being impacted by higher doctor co-pays. Many employers who provide company-paid coverage to their employees are being faced with astronomical increases in their overhead expenses. Health care providers and insurance companies are also being profoundly affected. The only individuals who are not being impacted are those who have been given favored status and exempted from the required coverage of the Affordable Care Act.

I hope you have your eyes open and don't just listen to the political pundits.

Arlen G. Mills DVM