Amend the ACA, but don’t repeal it

The ACA stands for the Affordable Healthcare Act, not Cheap Healthcare Insurance Act. Many claim that health care insurance is unaffordable. Which is more affordable, $1,000 to $5,000 per year for health care insurance or $100,000 to $1,000,000 for an unexpected illness for yourself or a member of your family?

Most health care plans provide for preventative care, which in itself could save a person hundreds of dollars a year, and also, not only save hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses but also save lives. The vast majority experience major medical problems at some point in their lives.

Along with the three basics for existence — food, shelter, and clothing — is a fourth just as important — health. All are essential for life, and health is necessary for providing for the other three. Most people juggle these in their budgets, then add in needed items such as autos, phones, computers, etc. The rest is used for items that are nice to have, and lastly, luxury items.

Initially, health care insurance may seem a burden to those on a tight budget who have not provided for it, but sacrifices must be made. For a start, they can cut back on the luxury and nice-to-have items, then they can factor in the needed items and finally balance what they pay for the essential items. The health of you and your family is not optional.

The personal mandate was originally a Right-Wing Republican plan to force everyone to accept personal responsibility of providing for their and their family's medical expenses before an unexpected catastrophe occurred causing the rest of society to have to pay the cost. Everyone should support it.

The ACA may need to be amended, but we cannot allow it to be repealed.

Dennis Thompson

Newnan



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