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Letter: ACA Focus Is Not Affordability

To the Editor:

The Valley News recently opined (“The Promise That Matters,” Nov. 23) that the problems that have plagued the rollout of the Affordable Care Act are “technical in nature and do not speak to the central objective of the ACA, which is to extend insurance coverage to the uninsured.” If that was its most central goal, why was it not labeled the Universal Insurance Coverage Act?

If affordability had been a sincere objective rather than a cynical marketing slogan, the act would have included tort reform, competition across state lines and true choice as to what consumers want in their plans, rather than wealth-transferring mandates on the young, Medicare cutbacks on currently insured elders, and massive subsidies to Big Insurance.

If the true focus had been on affordability, lower costs of both health care and health insurance would have benefited everyone, and ironically done more to extend coverage to the uninsured. The problems of the current act are structural, based on the ideology of nonvoluntary redistribution managed by the bureaucracy of Leviathan, and move us backwards.

Tim Dreisbach

South Royalton

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