Richard Paschall: ACA questions

December 4, 2013 

Regarding Paul Krugman’s assessment in his Nov. 26 column “The case for the ACA: California” that the ACA is going to work, it’s too early to make that call.

The website might get fixed, but questions remain. The major one is, what is the fiscal impact on the federal and state budgets? Will the information be secure? Will medical providers get timely payment for their services? Will enough young people sign up to provide the financial pool needed? And what about the concerns that the IRS has to oversee the process?

Perhaps Krugman should have said that HealthCare.gov will be made to work for people to sign up. But that process is just the beginning.

I hope that ACA works for the nation, that we can provide health care for everyone, that our federal government and our states will be able to handle the financial, administrative and security burdens, and that our medical providers will be able to keep up with the demands for their services.

As for me, the jury is still out on whether it is a workable program.

Richard Paschall, Zebulon

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