ACA provides real insurance, relief

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: March 20 2014 | 2:12 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:55 am in

Until a couple of months ago, I was like millions of others in this country. I had health insurance, but there was little guarantee that it would actually cover anything if I needed health care.

So for many long years, through some rather scary situations, I avoided health care for fear that between the high deductibles and the infamous “pre-existing conditions” clause we would end up losing everything we had worked for.

However, once the Affordable Care Act passed, I had hope that I could get in a plan and get care the first of January. I lasted until the appointed date and filed for a plan well ahead of time.

The insurance company played a really bogus game with me that had nothing to do with the ACA. But by the middle of February, I was covered and I finally was free of the fear of losing everything even though I had insurance.

I finally was insured and assured that it covered me no matter what happened.

In short, it would be real insurance.

I owe a loud and public thank you to our Democratic representatives in Congress — Dave Loebsack, Bruce Braley and Tom Harkin. I also owe a public scold to Republican representatives who allowed, even fostered, the previous scandalous health insurance scheme.

Dave Bradley

West Liberty


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