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Letter to the editor: Paying more for less

This is a follow-up to my previous opinion piece “Obamacare penalty is inept” (CDT, 9/22).

Two elected officials have gone to bat for me to try to have my benefits reinstated after being dropped for one late payment. Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, and Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, have both done their best to appeal, to no avail.

I am categorized as “non compliant” and I am expected to pay a “personal responsibility tax” on my 2015 return as if I avoided purchasing health care. I’ve been paying my premiums for a year. Health America accepted my last late payment, deposited my payment, and then returned it!

Even though I have proven that I am more than willing, actually almost begging to give them my premiums, Health America is unwilling to take them, and instead chooses to force me to get catastrophic coverage until open enrollment on Jan. 1.

Does this sound like the spirit of Obamacare as it was advertised in 2008? Do you see any contradictions with the very terms that are used in describing the main tenets of the law?

We should be outraged. We have traded unaffordable health care for a system of governmental control.

The truth about Obamacare is that you are paying more for less, and with the government in control of the marketplace instead of the free markets, you are subject to almost anything they can dream up to redistribute your wealth.

John Mason

State College

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