Blame the ACA for mak­ing pre­mi­ums un­af­ford­able for self-em­ployed

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent Vi­tal Signs blog post “Self-em­ployed peo­ple weigh re­turn­ing to cor­po­rate jobs if Se­nate passes ACA re­peal bill” (Mod­ern Health­care.com, July 24), much of the post reads as though the self-em­ployed must de­pend on sub­si­dized health­care be­cause they can­not pay for theirs on their own.

That’s ab­surd, ex­cept to the de­gree that the Af­ford­able Care Act has made health in­sur­ance pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive for every­one who does not qual­ify for a sub­sidy. Then, yes, that is pre­cisely the mid­dle class’ ob­jec­tion to it.

Ar­dath Blau­velt Hol­lis, N.H.

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