To the Editor:
Only in the fictitious world of the tea party nation can allowing the common folk to purchase health insurance on the free market be a detriment to society.
In a desperate, last-ditch effort to discredit “Obamacare,” the Republicans convened a hearing May 7 with the insurance companies themselves, and got egg on their faces.
The six CEOs testified that, yes, they’ve signed up 8 million new customers and 90 percent have paid their premiums. No, it’s not a government takeover. Individuals and the private sector are in charge. Death panels are living-will consultations that are now free. Yes, some folks lost their doctors because they didn’t delve into the details of the policy they chose. Yes, premiums increased 5 percent over the past four years (quite a change from an average of 12 percent per year), and with the influx of new customers, insurance companies hired more staff.
So what about the Republican solution they never offered, claiming competition and trading across state lines is the answer? With the help of a navigator from Centegra Health System, I purchased a Blue Cross Blue Shield policy that keeps my same hospital and doctors in a multistate plan with coverage in all 50 states and gave high grades to Land of Lincoln insurance, which has grown a network that challenges BCBS in its coverage.
Competition, multistate, and new jobs? The naysayers not only have egg on their faces, but a few flapjacks to boot.