Doc has an agenda over health care
August 29, 2012 · Updated 5:57 PM
I read with dismay Dr. Linda Petter's article ("Healthcare Act will be a costly jolt", Auburn Reporter, Aug. 17). The real "jolt" was reading a political piece thinly disguised as medical information, thus coming across as less a "doc for all" and more a "doc with an agenda."
The "truth" is that the Affordable Care Act is having a positive impact on her patients and all Washingtonians. How? By providing new coverage options for young adults, making prescription drugs affordable for seniors, covering preventive services with no deductible or co-pay, providing better value for your premium dollar through the 80/20 Rule, scrutinizing unreasonable premium increases, removing lifetime limits on health benefits, creating new coverage options for individuals with pre-existing conditions, increasing support for community health centers, and the list goes on (when you take into consideration additional grants being allocated). Additional info at Healthcare.gov - www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html.
But alas, the doctor does not want that to be the focus, nor the fact that 57 percent of the voters in Washington voted for President Obama and the very promise of healthcare reform.
Petter does a disservice by perpetuating (and inferring) things that are fundamentally untrue about the Affordable Care Act. After reading the first of what I understand is a series of articles, I think it is safe to say that it might be (for the foreseeable future at least) best not to follow this doctor's orders.
– Tyrone Brown