Letter: Defunding ACA damages economy



My health insurance provider is increasing my monthly rate from $885 to $1,108 on Jan. 1. Out of curiosity, I logged onto http://wahealthplanfinder.org/to see what my options might be. Using the website’s calculator, I found that a silver plan, providing better coverage than what I currently have, would cost $1,074 per month. Based on our annual income for a family of three, we qualify for a $599 per month tax credit, which puts our cost at $475. Wow, a savings of $633 per month.

Thank you Affordable Care Act and thank you Washington state for not opting out.

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation (both nonpartisan) concluded that the ACA will reduce the nation’s deficit over the next decade. They found that repealing it will increase the deficit by $109 billion over the next decade. I would take the word of nonpartisan entities over politicians. Need I point out the positive impact on the economy if more families like mine have an extra $500 to $600 per month?

I was disappointed to read in the Sept. 19 Associated Press story, “Health law in sights of House,” that Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, will be supporting legislation defunding the ACA. It’s shameful that members in Congress are willing to hurt the American people just to make President Obama look bad.

Jeri Gaylor