Healthcare realities will trump politics

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By Sherry Robinson

My young co-worker was involved in a terrible crash with a drunk driver and didn’t have insurance.
Ten years later, she was still paying off the plastic surgery that restored her face.
A major requirement of the Affordable Care Act is that everybody, especially young people, buys health insurance, and a big argument against it is that the so-called “young invincibles” won’t sign up.
They don’t feel all that invincible, according to U.S. News and World Report, which reports studies and polls showing that young people understand the importance of health insurance and will sign up for insurance if it’s affordable.
For them it hinges on the ACA tax credits offered to lower-income people. Young people are now the targets of pro and con forces, plus the insurance industry. They’ve never been so loved.
Still, when ACA opened shop Tuesday, nobody knew exactly how it was all going to work; which is why, with all the hysteria and venom out there, I keep returning to healthcare providers. They don’t have the luxury of political speculation.
ACA will go forward, predicted Clay Holderman, chief operating officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ central delivery system.
“It will be imperfect, and some pieces will be delayed, but it will roll forward.”

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