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December 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 5, 2013

Insurance cancellations

TO THE EDITOR: If you relied only on Fox News and its spinoffs, such as Byron York’s column (P-R 11/23) “Keeping mum about act downsides,” you would be led to believe that President Obama and his Democratic colleagues deliberately duped the American people into thinking that the Affordable Healthcare Act promised more than it could deliver.

York’s main gripe is that people’s insurance policies are being canceled after they had been told repeatedly, “If you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” And, he claims, too many people are finding out now that this is not the case.

However, in this instance, more information is necessary — information that is more “fair and balanced.”

Fortunately, just opposite York’s screed was a copy of a recent editorial from the Poughkeepsie Journal on, “The cancellation of some insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act” (aka ObamaCare).

In a fairer and more balanced way, the article ceded that the message “if you like what you have you can keep it” was just plain wrong and at best it was oversimplified. It went on to explain that about 2 million to 4 million citizens have received cancellation letters because “their insurance doesn’t meet the new requirements.”

Unfortunately, it did not elaborate on exactly what these new requirements are so I resorted to the Google Search Engine and found this link from PBS: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/government_programs/july-dec13/health_11-12.html entitled, “Understanding why Americans’ insurance plans are being canceled” which, without tooting its own horn, always offers a fair and balanced analysis.

Due to the 300-word limitation, I am unable summarize the video and the transcript but I can recommend it to you most highly.

STEWART A. DENENBERG

Beekmantown

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Holiday Toy Drive

TO THE EDITOR: The holiday season is just around the corner, a sign that it is time to begin my fundraising efforts for the annual Holiday Toy Drive.

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