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Letters to the editor – Sunday (2-21-16)

Affordable Care Act not so affordable

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a useful help in getting insurance for people who were uninsured and could not afford premiums. For me and possibly many others, it has become a pain in the butt.

No president or any other government figure has the right to demand that people get insurance. This is a democratic, supposedly free nation. It doesn’t seem free when someone is demanding citizens to do things. President Obama should not have put penalties for not having insurance in that law. People were already struggling to pay their bills, and some already owed the IRS penalties as well as taxes.

If you are already suffering, why would anyone make a law that put you in more distress? It was fine to make a law that made health insurance affordable and have coverage whether there was a pre-existing condition or not. He should not have demanded that anyone do anything they did not want to do or afford to do.

He should have put in the law for insurance companies not to raise their rates to an outrageous level. When their rates rise, it causes premiums to increase. If premiums continue to increase, insurance is not going to be affordable, even with subsidies.

Another headache that is occurring is that some tax preparers have failed to file form 8962 with the tax return. That happened to me and caused me to have to do an amended tax return. Now I am having to pay back some money because the IRS overpaid me. I need that $172 for myself.

My husband has had strokes and I have to take care of him. I can’t work like I need to because of that. It is hard enough on me without having to deal with stupid stuff.

— Ruby Stone

Granite Quarry

Supreme solution

It’s obvious; President Obama should nominate either Mitch McConnell, Rick Santorum or Ted Cruz. Every one is happy and at least one obstructionist is out of circulation.

— John Alexander

Salisbury

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