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William Crandell: As great as we say we are

Published 4:42pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

For too long, this country has been held hostage by the insurance industry. Too many American families have been struggling to make ends meet while burdened with exorbitant medical bills as insurance companies continue to make record profits.

The upholding of the Affordable Care Act by the recent Supreme Court ruling will give everyone a chance to have affordable health coverage.

There are a lot of myths surrounding Obamacare and many don’t understand the benefits it grants the average person.
Much of this new act is designed to regulate the insurance industry.

For instance, they will no longer be able to discriminate against children with preexisting conditions; stop insurance companies from canceling coverage when someone gets sick; 14 million impoverished children will now start receiving free preventative health care; more women will be covered for mammograms; some seniors will receive free physicals and flu shots; and it will also end the ability for insurance companies to increase rates without justification and it requires insurance companies to provide rebates when executive bonuses and administrative costs exceed 15 percent of all premium dollars.

Three million policy holders will receive rebates this summer.

By some, Obamacare has been labeled socialized medicine and that term has always had evil undertones in this country. But no one can deny that something had to be done.

The very thought of government regulation over the insurance industry throws the GOP pundits into a frenzy.

But in a nation as wealthy and powerful as ours, no one should be suffering because of lack of proper care.

The Affordable Care Act is a good thing that will be viewed by historians as one of the crowning achievements of our generation.

When we decided to stand up to special interest groups and provide one of the most basic needs for every human being, we prove to the world that we are a society that is as great as we say we are.

Everyone has the right to a healthy life, not just those who can afford it.

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