GUEST COMMENTARY: Keep your eyes on important ACA facts

2014-01-10T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Keep your eyes on important ACA factsBy Will Glaros nwitimes.com
January 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Let me start by stating America needed to do something about the crisis in health care, namely access for the most Americans possible with retention of the high quality, research-based system we have learned to enjoy.

What we got was a government-based response with incredible confusion and broken promises. We got what we expect from government, an Internet-based system that ran well over budget and doesn't work. We got broken promises when our president, congressman and senators finally admitted many would not be able to keep their coverage, keep their doctors and that the $2,500 reduction in cost would actually be an increase in cost. Oops, we goofed up. Period.

For those of you who have played the game "follow the ball," where you have three cups and one ball and the person in control tries to move the ball so fast from cup to cup that you forget where the ball rests at the end of the movements, welcome to the Affordable Care Act.

Keep this in mind as we move forward in the months ahead. All the government talks about is the website and how what went wrong will now work and go right. Frankly, the website is the tip of the iceberg, and in reality it will be fixed. It’s the rest of the law that should concern every American.

My big worry is the way the government keeps talking about the website and moving the cups faster and faster so people forget about the promises. You can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor, and your prices will go down. Is this all they haven’t told us?

What other facts are missing and have been left out? No death panels, period. Better quality, period. What's next?

We need to demand that further implementation of reform is properly thought out and is not used as a political tool for power. For if we lose control over our health care, what follows?

I am all for helping as many Americans get access to health care as possible. I am not for rewarding a government that has painted a picture to sell this “once in a lifetime” bonanza with a picture of the promised land that does not resemble the promised land presented.

As the further implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, don’t be fooled by the rhetoric focused on the now capable website. Keep your eyes on the ball, and don’t forget the promises.

It is time we held both political parties responsible for cleaning up this mess that, in the hopes of potentially helping 30 million uninsured, has dramatically impacted the other 280 million.

It is time everyone took the time to read and listen and hold our politicians responsible for what they deliver? More frequently than not, they deliver broken promises.

Will Glaros is president of Dyer-based Employer Benefit Systems. The opinions are the writer's.

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