ACA Commentary

People may be misinterpreting the information available on the Affordable Care Act's healthcare.gov website. One can now see plans and rough prices for plans available by for any specified county in Texas. However, this can be very misleading in that this information does not include the government tax credits available to most. When looking at plan prices, click on the link that says 'to...
Posted on Oct 23, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, the federal health insurance reform law known as “Obamacare” is in effect, along with a major provision — health insurance exchanges, also known as health insurance marketplace. If you are currently uninsured, it’s very important that you know about these exchanges and how they can benefit you and your family. I bet you are asking yourself, what is a health insurance...
Posted on Sep 26, 2013
Recent polls concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reveal that a majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the health care reform law, and that a majority also have little or no understanding of the law. Opponents have mischaracterized various aspects of the ACA and many claims have been described by fact-checking organizations as ‘pants-on-fire’ lies. Rather than spend effort refuting...
Posted on Sep 23, 2013
Many opponents of Obamacare continue to rehash the same scare tactic about the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that they have used countless times in the past. They assert that surely the IPAB will lead to severe rationing of health care, negatively affecting the lives of countless Americans. This claim is not truthful and runs a close second to the statements selected the last two...
Posted on Aug 03, 2013
From discussions with individuals in our local community and reading articles and letters to editors, it appears to me that many people do not understand how the Affordable Care Act affects small business owners. Many believe they will have to provide a health care plan for their employees or be forced to pay substantial penalty fees. This is not true for 96% of businesses, according to the White...
Posted on Jul 30, 2013
The Affordable Care Act seeks to level the playing field for those workers in our society who do not have access to company-subsidized health insurance plans. The federal government is providing the subsidy not available to those people from their employers. And the Congressional Budget Office recently issued an updated analysis confirming its initial conclusion that the Affordable Care Act will...
Posted on Jul 30, 2013
I was contacted through Facebook by a woman in Galveston County with a health care issue. She is 63 years old and her only source of income is her monthly $988 Social Security check. She has been in excellent health and, except for work-required physicals, had not seen a doctor in 20 years ... until she broke her ankle. She received treatment from a nearby emergency room where the doctor put a...
Posted on Feb 09, 2013
The Governor and legislative leaders who take a ‘no’ position on implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Texas lack compassion, ignore objective facts, and perpetuate injustice. Compassion: Texas already has one of the most stringent Medicaid programs in the country, yet in 2010, the 82nd Legislative Session leaders further cut and underfunded Medicaid. These shortsighted decisions heighten...
Posted on Aug 20, 2012