Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
Potential for greater abuse of assistance program
My letter is in response to Dan Newman’s letter, “Hard to understand anger over Obamacare,” [Opinion, July 7]. Having worked in the medical field for 40 years, I have some knowledge of what is occurring.
He states that, “Dependent children may be covered under a parent’s plan through age 26.” If they are still in college, fine. But even if a young woman is 25 and married, she can still be covered under her parents’ plan. She is no longer her parents’ dependent, she is her husband’s and at that point should not be able to remain on her parents’ insurance. And if they have children, are they to become ‘dependents’ of grandparents? Where does parental responsibility end and the dependents finally become adults? Often 25-year-olds have access to health-insurance coverage, but choose to abstain from buying coverage.
There is much abuse already in Medicaid, which I’ve seen while working in a hospital ER setting. There are 30 million more people who are to be added to Medicaid when government can’t keep up with the abuse now. Look at the General Services Administration (GSA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), etc., that all too recently uncovered massive abuse of their system. Any idea how fraudulently the food-stamp program is used and that 1 in 7 people are now using food stamps?
Keep pre-existing condition coverage and lifetime limits, but redo the health-care laws watching out for unintended consequences! Put some competition in insurance companies by allowing purchases across state lines.
— Jean Bulette, Bremerton