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Letter: ACA, not Utah, is helping people get insured
First Published Feb 01 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 01 2014 01:01 am

In "Utah should escape the Affordable Care Act" (Opinion, Jan. 25) state Sen. Stuart Adams laments his constituents are hurt by "cancelled insurance policies, higher premiums, deductibles, co-payments…." He doesn’t mention that private insurance companies are responsible for all those things and were long before Obamacare.

Nor is the ACA a "one-size-fits-all" policy — hundreds of plans are available — any more than it is a "centralized health care system run out of Washington" — private insurers around the country supply the coverage.

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I went to the federal marketplace in early December (Utah is interested only in helping businesses, not individuals), enrolled in a plan that suits my needs, and will now pay $2,600 less for my health insurance in 2014 than I did in 2013. Given my modest income, this will make a huge difference to my financial security.

I wish I could say the same for a dear friend with a husband disabled by a stroke three years ago and now herself diagnosed with terminal cancer. She has been waiting months for Gov. Gary Herbert to decide whether to expand Medicaid. Meantime, this kind, loving couple is near bankruptcy.

Talk about fiddling while Rome burns…..

Michele Margetts

Salt Lake City




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