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Give the new Health Care Act a chance

To the Adirondack Journal:

I was disappointed in Dan Alexander’s recent editorial, “Is Health Care Moving in the Right Direction?”

He said that he would like to see affordable health care for all, but he questions and criticizes the only attempt to move towards this goal.

I went to www.healthcare.gov and pretended to be a business in Lake George with 55 employees. I found more than 40 choices, some of which looked workable. I admit that it would take some work to analyze and compare these insurance plans.

In response to Alexander’s concern about employer penalties, I found this site of the non-partisan National Council for State Legislators that details the penalty scenarios: http://www.ncsl.org/documents/health/EmployerPenalties.pdf

There is uncertainty for businesses and for individuals because the health act is complex and doesn’t take full effect until 2014. Some parts have been implemented, some parts have already been changed, and I suspect there will be more changes before then. Why not give the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 a chance?

We all need to be more informed about this issue. I recommend Fareed Zakaria’s CNN report, “Health Insurance Is for Everyone,” and a related book, The Healing of America by T.R. Reid.

These studies will change your mind about government-provided health care and show a private based system like AHCA which has been operating for some years in Switzerland. My own view is that it is wrong to tie health insurance to employment since there will always be many people unemployed for many reasons. They need to be covered, too.

Dennis Maher

Lake Luzerne

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