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May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013: Letters to the editor

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Affordable Care Act just not affordable

Interesting article in a recent Kokomo Tribune: “Northwestern School Corp. will likely reduce the hours of about a dozen instructional assistants to avoid having to provide them with insurance … It stems from a new requirement in the Affordable Care Act that takes effect this school year.”

Of the many reports I have heard and read concerning the ACA, I have yet to discover anything about it actually being affordable. Every indication is that it is anything but affordable, as businesses and organizations of all types scramble to figure out how to minimize the increased costs associated with all this “affordable” care. Even our great government is trying to figure out how to make it affordable.

Every reader should be aware that a provision of the ACA is that hospitals that re-admit patients within 30 days after being discharged will have to pay fines. Inserted into the ACA as a cost-cutting measure, analysts predict that this will result in substandard care to the poor, elderly and chronically ill.

I have been a recipient of care through the Veterans Administration medical system for several years and have received what I consider very good care. However, through my contact with VA doctors, caregivers, administrators and veterans’ service organizations, I know full well that the VA system is always struggling to receive adequate funding. A casual stroll through most VA clinics and hospitals provides a quick observation that these are not the most up-to-date and modernized facilities around.

It would be worse than it is now, if not for the valiant battles year in and year out from the veterans’ service organizations’ lobbyists. Yet the same government that constantly and consistently under-funds the medical care niche for which it is supposed to be responsible now declares that it can adequately provide the medical care needs for all Americans. Affordable?

Apparently not.

Charles A. Layne

Bunker Hill

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