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Letter: Anti-ACA advertising coming from insurance industry
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Is it not interesting how much media coverage seems to place the blame for shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on one man, namely the president? How much of this seemingly contentious reporting can be traced back to the health insurance industry?

Is it not true that the health insurance industry has a great deal of influence on how health care is handled in the U.S.? Is it not true that the health insurance industry is composed of more than 170 entities and together they have sent more than $113 million to more than 800 lobbyists for influence?

The industry has not only these lobbyists working for them but is it not true that the industry is funneling a huge amount of money to the Chamber of Commerce, money to be spent on advertising designed to convince the public the ACA should be defeated (American Health Insurance Plans)?

Is it not true that the health insurance industry is spending a great deal of money to influence how the American people feel about the Affordable Care Act, and isn't it true that this perception is mostly confusing and contentious?

Alden H. Laney

Salt Lake City

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