Cristina Cantwell-Holub: Pull the plug

July 12, 2014 

Dr. Stephen Parente’s viewpoint July 7 regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act is accurate. The headline “Future bleak in N.C. for Obamacare” was misleading. The ACA (Obamacare) is exactly what financial experts predicted and many medical professionals diagnosed. Residents of our state are finding themselves with canceled insurance or with policies that don’t allow them to see their own physicians. Premiums and deductibles are higher; coverage is limited. But Obamacare is alive and well. It will continue to survive and economically cripple North Carolinians as long as Americans remain in a vegetative state.

Conditions our U.S. veterans have had to endure at VA hospitals is sufficient evidence that our government is not capable of creating or maintaining a quality health care program. When more Americans wake up and find themselves suffering, perhaps a future Congress and the White House occupant will admit to the mistake that is the Affordable Care Act. Sustainable and fair changes to the American health care system can be made. Until then, and it could be decades, it is not the future of Obamacare that is bleak – it is the future of North Carolina residents. We can only hope that sooner, not later, Americans will pull the plug on Obamacare.

Cristina Cantwell-Holub

Raleigh

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