Our View: Time to turn attention to positive health care reform

Published on Saturday, 2 December 2017 18:55
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At the end of a year in which Congressional Republicans worked feverishly to repeal the Affordable Care Act and failed, sign-up deadlines are nearing for individuals and families to renew their plans.

First, those over 65 have only until Dec. 7 -Thursday - to make a Medicare selection.

And families that rely on Access Health Connecticut have three more weeks.

CEO Jim Wadleigh predicts that 105,000 to 110,000 Connecticut residents will sign up by the time the open enrollment ends Dec. 22. That’s about 10,600 new customers for 2018.

However, despite the defeat of repeal efforts earlier this year, uncertainty about Obamacare remains, thanks to the passage this weekend of the Senate tax overhaul bill, which includes a repeal of the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance. If the House goes along, the action is expected to cause insurance premiums to rise and thus lead millions of people to lose coverage because the cost would increase beyond families’ ability to pay.

We believe that every American should have access to health care. But we also share readers’ concerns about soaring costs, especially the outrageous price of some prescription drugs.

Thus, it is our hope that, now that both houses of Congress have passed a tax plan, members will turn their attention to forging a positive approach to health care, one that families can afford.

By the way, if you’re still deciding what to do, there’s an enrollment center right in downtown New Britain at 185 Main Street in the Central Connecticut State University Institute of Technology & Business Development building, Rooms 4030300 & 4040400)

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Saturday, 2 December 2017 18:55. Updated: Saturday, 2 December 2017 18:58.