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November 13, 2013

DELUCA: Health care had to be fixed

Niagara Gazette — Say what you want about "ObamaCare." Somebody had to do something. 

I want to ask all the detractors battling against the Affordable Care Act, "don't you look at your health insurance bills?"

For the past several years, I've watched as my husband, owner of a small business, struggled to understand the ever-rising costs of full health care coverage for his  employees. Every year he has looked up from his health insurance bill and asked me, "do you believe it went up again?"  

And that's not the worst of it.  Most of us are a single catastrophic illness away from losing everything.  

I keep writing news stories about fundraisers for those who have cancer or some other horrific disease. The events, planned by friends and families, are held to help those already fighting for their lives, so that their families aren't ravaged by the patient's outrageously high medical bills.

We have a system of health care that can bankrupt those who most need it. Who thinks this is a good idea?  

The president seems to be the only one willing to risk his political career on the issue of health care.  I can't quite figure out what so many other politicians are doing.

Perhaps because Congress is blessed — by us, their constituents — with the gold standard of benefits, it's harder for them to feel sympathetic to those of us forced to pay increasingly crazy-high premiums and growing co-pays.

There are so many are raging against the Affordable Care Act, that I have to ask: Why on God's green earth aren't you coming up with a better idea?

Health care is out of control. It's killing people financially. And, if people have to opt out of care they can't afford, it will really be killing them.

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