We should be grateful

Letter to the Editor for September 13, 2012 edition

September 12, 2012 

Dear Editor,

In the not-too-distant future, historians will report and reflect on the Republican response to the Affordable Care Act, and the American people who are benefiting from the Act will scratch their collective heads, and ask, "Now, what was their problem?"

Three million uninsured Californians alone will be able to buy affordable coverage as a direct result of the Act. Three million. I'm so grateful we live in a state that has the wisdom to embrace the opportunity and is already implementing the Act, as opposed to some radical right states that are turning their backs on their own people, and refusing the benefits.

They'll show Obama, by gum, while their own people suffer the consequences.

And this is only one of a long list of benefits. The Medicare prescription drug coverage gap is being closed, more than 319,000 Medicare beneficiaries in California saved an average of $538 per person last year because of the Act and many preventive health services are covered with no out-of-pocket costs.

I could go on and on, but those who plug up their ears and cover their eyes just won't get it no matter how long the list is.

We should be grateful, even ecstatic, that we are living in a time when a president brave enough to stand up to the slings and arrows of narrow self-interest, along with many members of Congress, put themselves on the line for the American people. Or is it a matter of, "No good deed goes unpunished?"

Ellie Schermerhorn, Ahwahnee

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