Letters to the Editor

October 4, 2013

Frank Aquila: Obamacare hurts Americans

The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is hurting Americans. Insurance policies have already gone up and are expected to rise more. Many that had health insurance have not only lost it; but also had their full-time job reduced to part-time status since businesses can now avoid additional costs if the employee works 29 hours per week. As a result, many are forced to work two part-time jobs in order to pay expenses while losing their health care coverage.

Employers can also avoid providing health insurance as long as the employer employs under 50 workers. As a result, companies are not hiring new employees but seeking temporary or contract workers. Employers can also avoid costs by hiring employees without benefits during their 90-day probation period and letting them go on day 89.

Through Obamacare, Americans have lost their medical plans, doctors and wages, and face tax penalties while those that have retained their jobs and medical plans are paying higher premiums.

If Obamacare were so good, why did Obama exempt himself, Congress and his donors from it?

FRANK AQUILA

Manteca

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