Out-of-network caps not Obamacare's fault

05/07/2014 12:05 PM

05/08/2014 6:44 PM

Re "Out-of-Network caps may not exist," (Ask Emily, May 7): Why does Emily Bazar attribute the absence of out-of-network caps to Obamacare? She writes "now that the open enrollment period is over...it's time to look at an unwelcome surprise," (namely that many policies may not have out-of-network caps).

The absence of out-of-network caps has always been a problem with many policies. It has nothing to do with Obamacare.

By prefacing herself this way, Bazar participates in the media frenzy that has undermined support for Obamacare from the get-go. This frenzy has not been limited to the rabid Right.

Of course, this country should have universal, public, single-payer, non-profit health insurance, like the rest of the civilized world. In other words, Medicare for the entire population.

Still, half a loaf is better than none, and we should all stop spreading misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act.

-- Tom Kando, Gold River

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