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Bennett or health care?

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 10:28 am

Dear Editor:

John Bennett is against the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. His recent meetings were one-sided and designed to confuse those who attended. So here are some facts:

Under Obamacare the health insurance companies are required to spend at least 80 percent of their income on health care, and if they don’t, the rest of the money goes back to you. This year insurance companies have already refunded more than a billion dollars back to their customers. Spending health money on health care is a good thing. Why is Mr. Bennett against it?

Under Obamacare young adults can stay on their parent’s health plan up to age 26. That means if they have an accident their healthcare is already paid for and the taxpayers aren’t saddled with the bill. That is a good thing. Why is Mr. Bennett against it?

Under Obamacare insurance companies can’t deny health coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions. That is a good thing. Why is Mr. Bennett against it?

Under Obamacare insurance companies can’t place dollar limits on the health care they cover in your lifetime. That is a good thing. Why is Mr. Bennett against it?

Under Obamacare those in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” get a 50 percent discount on name-brand prescription drugs. That is a good thing. Why is Mr. Bennett against it?

Soon, Obamacare will require insurance companies to cover adults with pre-existing conditions such as cancer or diabetes at rates they can afford. No longer can the insurance companies take your money while you’re healthy, and then drop you when you get sick. That is a good thing. Why is Mr. Bennett against it?

Under Obamacare Americans who could afford health insurance will be required to buy it. In numbers, that amounts to about 2 percent of us. Then, when they have an injury their medical costs will be covered and not be charged to taxpayers like you and me. That is a small price to pay for the good things in Obamacare.

Insurance companies hate Obamacare. Drug companies hate Obamacare. But for the rest of us Obamacare is a good thing. John Bennett has chosen to stand with the corporations rather than the people. This November my vote will go to Rick Agent.

DARRYL PHILLIPS, SEQUOYAH LITTLE FARMS

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