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Letter: Reasons to Support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Orient resident also supports U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop.

June 28 is a day when we were very proud of our great country, and of the reasoning of our Supreme Court. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stands as law. The U.S. has started the process of making healthcare affordable and fair. 

The law requires insurance companies to spend 80 percent of their budget on medical care, and not on ways to deny people. We know someone who nearly went bankrupt because his young daughter with a nearly fatal illness was denied medical coverage due to “pre-existing conditions.”  My mother’s 90-year-old friend, a lively, independent Sag Harborite, spent her entire life savings and lost her cherished home due to the high cost of healthcare in her final years. And my brother's keeping his 21-year-old daughter on his health insurance is a life-saver.

Our Congressmen Tim Bishop is in a tough, close fight. He stands against an opponent who has vowed to work with others in the House to repeal this law.

Do we really want to go backward?  Here is what we would loose in our District:

9,000: children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be denied coverage.

4,700: young adults who are able to stay on their parents’ insurance

9,400: seniors who received a prescription drug discount, average $710 per senior.

81,000: seniors who received preventative services without having to pay co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles.

710: small businesses that received tax credits to maintain and expand their healthcare coverage offerings to employees.

And, expect a rebate check from the New York State insurance companies that spent more than 20 percent of their costs on executive pay and marketing, instead of medical care. It works out to an average of $138 per family.

Help yourself, your family, your friends. Help to re-elect Bishop to Congress.

— Mary and Tom Morgan

855 Southview, Brown’s Hills

Orient, NY 11957

631-323-2320

Mark Kreider July 06, 2012 at 11:12 AM
And there are so many, many more benefits!
Al 17 July 06, 2012 at 02:10 PM
How exactly does this bill make healthcare affordable again? Do you think the insurance companies are just going to eat the cost of the additional expenses for the yound adults who now stay on their parents plan until age 26 instead of paying for a plan themselves? How about all those preventive care services that now must be covered by insurance? Those aren't free. Pre exisiting conditions? Sounds nice but when those folks decide to go with your insurance plan and their medical bills start racking up, do you think the insurance company is going to going to cover that without raising premiums? For eaxample: someone decides to pay the "tax" instead of getting insurance because its cheaper. Then something happens to them and they immediately get insurance (they can't be denied insurance because of pre exisiting conditions) and begin to run up major expenses to the insurance company. What are the odds of that insurance company paying those bills and reducing their profitability because their nice? Wake up folks! Those costs will be reflected in all premiums going up higher and faster than you ever dreamed! This plan does not address affordabiltiy whatsoever. It makes it free for those who don't have insurance through vouchers (paid for by the taxpayers) and more expensive for those who do. It doesn't allow for actual cost saving measures such as being able to buy health insurance across state lines. Why not? We do it with car insurance? Competition drives down costs-thats a fact
Al 17 July 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How about addressing the cost of medical malpractice? Doctors are trying to help people but their human, not God and science nor man is perfect. Yet one mistake could bankrupt a good doctor with a lifetime of helping people. So doctors need insurance to potect against these extreme malpractice suits. That costs them money, costs they pass along to patients. Everyone likes to complain that they don't want the insurance companies making decisions for us that our doctors should be making but doctors will often order several uneccessary tests to protect themselves against any potential lawsuit. Who pays for those tests? The insurance company does who then again passes the cost along to the rest of us. There's nothing in this bill to deal with that reality. So explain to me again how this is making healthcare affordable?
Concerned July 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
it does nothing to lower the cost of healthcare. it only provides greater access. it includes 21 new taxes that will be passed onto consumers or paid by citizens. it will kill jobs because it does not lower healthcare costs and related inflation.
Localtucker July 06, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Praising a congressman who passed a 1000+ page bill that he DIDN'T read which proposes the largest tax increase in American history (to the tune of 2 trillion dollars), in the middle of a recession, this is a joke right? Hey Mary and Tom, you'll probably be dead by the time comes to pay up, while I'll be breaking my middle aged back to receive less care.
Helen Fijan July 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
It is sad when a congressman is proud of passing a bill he never read. Sad too that people believe what is said. Mary and Tom did u know that senior preventative services are not covered the first year u enroll in Medicare! Seniors beware Medicare will be the new Medicaid, then just try finding a specialist to treat u or your loved one. Because to stay in practice these doctors will stop accepting your Medicare when the reimbursements are cut again! Then you will be private pay and spend all your money on the quality and choices you presently enjoy, but will lose with Obama care.
dennis haeg July 07, 2012 at 08:45 AM
Next is the free lunch. Thanks Mr. Bishop - your just great!
Richard July 07, 2012 at 09:51 AM
For all those worrying about increased "taxes" realize that when those without insurnace and with inadequate coverage wind up in emergency rooms for care -- which they do -- we all are paying for it now. Also, just one major illness or surgery is enough to throw anyone into major financial difficulty. That's why we all need insurnace.
Peggy Richards July 12, 2012 at 02:14 AM
wow - it seems a lot of people on the north fork have been drinking the kool-aid (or tea). If you read more that the headlines, or listened to more than the (likely Fox) soundbites, you would be educated enough to know that all of the above frightening scenarios are BUNK. If EVERYONE has healthcare, premiums go DOWN - it is simple math. Preventative care is CHEAPER than acute care. HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT WHENEVER A REPUBLICAN HAS A HEALTH CRISIS COVERED BY 'OBAMACARE' - ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY APOLOGIZE? All of the arguments against PPACA are selfish and cutting off your nose to spite your face!
Peggy Richards July 12, 2012 at 02:15 AM
more than*
Patricia Pedersen July 13, 2012 at 02:25 AM
The uninsured have been a hidden tax on small businesses and individuals who are insured for decades. Universal health care coverage is the only means by which we can lower health care costs for us all. It is simple math, made complicated in the public discourse by big insurance companies and other vested interests bent on maintaining the status quo. And then, of course, the issue which is of vital importance to us all was co-opted by the Republican party as a way to defeat President Obama with the help of our Australian, non-tax paying, morally corrupt friend Rupert Murdoch. It's about time we take a page out of the UK's book and run that man out of town on a rail! Universal health care coverage is good for us all.

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