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posted: 1/6/2014 5:00 AM

Still plenty of room for debate on ACA

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On Dec. 26, Kim Savage wrote on the virtues of health care law. She stated now that the issues facing the ACA website are resolved, she hopes public debate can go beyond the manufactured hysteria about the law.

Here are a couple of facts that are not manufactured:

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Henry Chao, a senior government IT official, admitted in November to Congress that 30 to 40 percent of Healthcare.gov has yet to be constructed.

A top HealthCare.gov security officer told Congress there have been two serious high-risk findings since the website's launch. Teresa Fryer, chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, revealed the findings when interviewed Dec. 17 behind closed doors by House Oversight Committee officials. The security risks were not previously disclosed to Congress or the public.

It is also reported that over 6 million people have had their existing health insurance policies canceled due to the coverage requirements of Obamacare. That would mean there would be more uninsured citizens when the law went into effect Jan. 1 -- the opposite of what we were told would occur.

Ms. Savage goes on to say the ACA is not an attempt to strip you of your coverage or your doctors. But in many cases that is the result. She says it will establish minimum standards that make sure everyone is able to get medical help when they need it. Does this imply that a single male, age 55, should indeed be required to pay for maternity coverage in his insurance policy?

This law does provide some reasonable advantages to citizens such as eliminating the pre-existing condition issue. Access to affordable health insurance is a need in this country. Unfortunately, Obamacare has not, and likely will not, resolve this complicated issue.

David Georgeson

St. Charles

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