LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nothing affordable in Affordable Care Act

As I was listening to the radio the other day, a commercial came on about the Obamacare open enrollment and how individuals should be signing up during open enrollment.

Curiosity got the better of me so I decided I would fill out the forms and see what was available. All we’ve heard from the media and the talking heads was how affordable it was and how much better off we’d be with this excellent form of health care. It couldn’t be further from the truth.

Just a little background, I’m a 59-year-old male with no major illnesses, only go to the doctor when I absolutely have to, just old and fat.

The Bronze plan, that they suggested, would cost me, out of pocket, nearly $19,000 per year, before the insurance plan pays a single dime, and I make too much for any subsidies.

Talk about affordable, nearly 20 percent of my annual incomes. So then I wondered, what kind of plan do we, the taxpayer, pay for you, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester? What’s your monthly premium? What’s your total out-of-pocket costs per year?

If you’re going to get on the local media and spew all the great features of the plan, I’d like something to compare it to. What better plan to compare to than the Cadillac plan which the Democrats pushed through for elected officials. I think it’s about time that the American people get a little “special treatment.”

If you, our elected officials, wanted us to have affordable health care, it would happen. You just don’t have the courage to go up against the insurance industry.

When you were elected, I gave you the benefit of the doubt that you would work for the people of Delaware to make things happen. Seems you’ve gone to the same classes as Carper and Coons, Mouthpiece 101, and Talking Head 102. I’m thinking it’s time to shut that college down.

There is nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act. One of the worst pieces of legislation to ever be written. You want to make it better? Get up out of your chair, walk across the aisle, and talk to the other side.

There is compromise, but you have to be willing to listen to what’s being said. Think for yourself. No shame in crossing the aisle. I’d say the same to the Republicans. Get off your butts and accomplish something.

Jerry Clifton

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