Ed­i­to­rial was wrong

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I was sur­prised to read in the ed­i­to­rial about health-care in­sur­ance costs a bla­tantly false state­ment: “An­other prob­lem with Oba­macare is you don’t have to buy in­sur­ance un­til you get sick.” Wrong. The in­di­vid­ual man­date un­der the ACA re­quires folks to have health in­sur­ance, thus spread­ing costs among both healthy and sick peo­ple and elim­i­nat­ing the so-called “free rid­ers.”

In ad­di­tion, your state­ment that “Oba­macare is clearly col­laps­ing around the coun­try …” is disin­gen­u­ous. Since its in­cep­tion, it’s been re­ported that Repub­li­cans have been sab­o­tag­ing the law by elim­i­nat­ing “in­sur­ance cor­ri­dors” to make costs of in­sur­ance work­able for the car­ri­ers. And that’s only one in­stance.

Please is­sue a cor­rec­tion, and re­fer to the law by its proper name: the Af­ford­able Care Act.

ROBERT WOOD

Lit­tle Rock

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