Recently, I signed a petition that sent an e-mail to Senator Levin strongly opposing as I call it, Barry's Death Care. That is the grossly misnamed Affordable Care Act. Here is Senator Levin's reply and after that my reply to him. I doubt I will hear back!!!
Dear Mr. Geresy:
Thank you for contacting me about health care reform. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue. I have long supported the goal of ensuring all Americans have access to stable, reliable and affordable health care.
President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148) into law on March 23, 2010. This landmark law has improved health care across the country and will help approximately 30 million uninsured Americans obtain health insurance. In addition, those Americans who currently have insurance will be far more secure in the knowledge that it will be there when they need it. When this law is fully implemented,
Americans will no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, forced into bankruptcy because their insurance fails to cover the cost of a life-saving treatment, or have to drop coverage because it has become unaffordable.
This law is being phased in over ten years, but Americans are already experiencing many of its benefits. As a result of this law, new insurance plans must allow children to remain on their parents’
policies until age 26 and must allow women to see an ob-gyn without insurance company approval. New health plans also must provide preventive care without co-pays or deductibles, and they are barred from setting lifetime coverage limits.
The Affordable Care Act also requires health insurance companies to spend the vast majority of premium dollars on actual health care. Instead of spending a hefty share of premiums on administrative and marketing costs, large group health insurance companies now
must spend at least 85% of premium dollars on care and quality improvement. Beginning in 2012, those companies that do not meet this requirement must reimburse consumers on the portion that exceeds the 15% limit.
Furthermore, this law will close the Medicare prescription
drug “doughnut hole” that hurts so many seniors. In 2010, millions of seniors in the doughnut hole received a $250 rebate on the cost of their prescription drugs. Starting in 2011, seniors who find themselves in the doughnut hole will receive a 50% discount on brand-name prescription drugs and will incrementally
continue to pay less for prescription drugs until the doughnut hole is
completely closed in 2020.
By 2014, insurance will be available through state health insurance exchanges. These exchanges will help millions of people find affordable health care coverage in an accessible market. In addition, health insurance providers will no longer be able to deny coverage of pre-existing conditions. Until these changes take place, the Affordable Care Act provides for pre-existing condition insurance
programs to help those who would otherwise be denied coverage.
For more information, I encourage you to visit [http://www.healthcare.gov] where you can read about these and many more improvements to our health care system.
I voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act to bring needed improvements to our health care system. I believe it makes many important reforms to ensure that Americans will have access to quality, affordable health care. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue and will keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for contacting me.
Dear Senator Levin:
I have read your reply. In the military which I am retired from, we have a name for messages like your reply. It is called "Bravo Sierra". I am sure you know what that means.
The so called "Affordable Care Act" is proving to not be accurate. Congress just got a major change (without amending the law by passing a new law which I don't think is legal) to exempt themselves from the Act as Congress claimed they couldn't afford it. If Congress can't, how the bloody heck are the rest of Americans going to? Affordable.....what a bad joke!
I read about union after union that want out from under the law as it will destroy their health care. This is only going to continue.
A growing majority of all Americans want the law repealed, defunded, ended. It has always been a bad law. That is why not ONE Republican voted for this disaster. Are you going to listen??? I doubt it. I really do. You are stuck in the only DC knows best mentality. Remember, you are accountable to the citizens of Michigan. We are never to be accountable to you! It is you that needs to start listening.
I have just read that the "Navigators" that are supposed to help citizens with the Act will NOT have any back ground checks. This is just another severe failure of the Act. This job will be made to order for those people that will steal people's information.
This will put all Americans at severe risk of Identity Theft.
So will Senator Levin continue to ignore the Citizens of
SGT William A. Geresy (ret)
MI Army National Guard
Me Here........I will admit I could have done better with my reply. But it is one of I hope many, many e-mails he will get explaining to him how Michigan and the Nation wants nothing to do with Barry's Death Care. We didn't like the idea before it was written. Now that it is written and "law", we like it even less!