Obamacare Can Make Health Care Work Better For All - And Response (2)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I am a career educator who has lived in Chattanooga most of my life. I have always been fortunate to have good medical insurance as a teacher and now I benefit from Medicare coverage with a part B supplement as a retired teacher.   

That being said, there are many people in my circle of friends and extended family who cannot afford health care coverage. My niece, Becca who has returned to school in order to better her work situation, my best friend, Lindsay who is a choreographer and teaches on the adjunct faculty at Chattanooga State and a public middle/high school in addition to working with our local community theater group and teaching children and adult classes there. Neither of them can afford health care, nor can my manicurist, Nikki.  

What happens when they need to access health care? They must go to an emergency room or a doc in the box for treatment. Obama care could help all three.

I think every man, woman and child in America should have health care coverage. We are cheating the very people who are the backbone of our country. 

Obamacare can make health care work better for all. It prioritizes the health our families and ensure access to free preventive care and protect us from abuses by insurance companies. It will give families the security they deserve and provide more freedom and control over their health care choices and quality of care.

Sandy Smith

Chattanooga 

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Sandy,
I read with great interest you selling of Obamacare....but I have a question...you seem to think that everyone is entitled to healthcare even if they can not pay...so that means that you believe that the Docs/nurses/techs have to provide their time, education and experience without being paid. 

I wonder if you can explain that if Obamacare is so great, why are there so many exemptions, including Congress. 

Roy L. Ellis
Hixson 

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Mr. Ellis, 

Are you saying that those who cannot afford health insurance should not be entitled to basic healthcare?  Children? The elderly?  I really hope I misunderstood your statement, but I'm sure I didn't. We are not talking about people being "entitled" to a new car or a steak dinner here, and your callous response is exactly why something has to be done. 

Do I feel that the President's health plan is the answer? Maybe, maybe not. But I don't see you offering any solutions. Just sarcasm and disregard. The only thing missing from your letter is the quote "let them eat cake." 

I'm ashamed for you. 

D.J. Locke



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