Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

January 24, 2014

LETTERS FOR JAN. 24, 2014: Obamacare is working for readers

Everyone is complaining about how bad Obamacare is — the website, the coverage, etc. I will agree that Obamacare is not perfect and has a lot of things that still need to be fixed. However, for someone who was not eligible for health insurance coverage prior to Jan. 1, 2014, due to pre-existing medical conditions that made obtaining coverage marginal at best and prohibitive premiums we could not afford, it has been great. My husband and I were not able to obtain health insurance coverage through our employers as we both work for small companies.

I waited until just before the deadline to apply for Obamacare to be eligible for coverage to begin on Jan. 1 Because I was not comfortable using the website, I telephoned and spoke to a representative who walked me through the application process. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and I was only on the telephone for two hours.

I also knew what plan my primary care physician would accept, which helped the process. My husband and I did receive financial assistance with the premiums for the plan that we chose, which was the Silver Plan. We are able to afford the premiums without robbing Peter to pay Paul. Since Jan. 1 I have had four different prescriptions filled, which I previously paid for full-price, out of pocket. We saved more than $400.

I know that not everyone will have this same return we have. However, I am glad for Obamacare and have told everyone I know who has been hesitant about applying to at least try it. They may be surprised by the results. I know I was.

So, thank you, President Obama, for your health care plan. It is working for my husband and I.

— Barbara Bradbury

Goshen

High school athletes set a Christian example

I almost missed three little but incredible paragraphs as I scanned an article (The Goshen News Jan. 18) about the Northridge vs. NorthWood high school basketball game. Writer Greg Keim described it as a contest that lived up to its hype, “and then some.” But to me, the most amazing thing about the event was reported on page. 2: “After the game both teams formed a circle at center court and stood arm in arm.” I actually referred back to the first page, to make sure I was reading the correct conclusion to the article.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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