The writer of the Feb. 20 letter “ACA can be costly” asserts that “the ACA has been a disaster” because it adds cost and has no incentives for competition.
In North Carolina, that’s mostly true, but it’s not the fault of the ACA, it’s the fault of North Carolina Republican legislators who elected not to create a state health care exchange. Many companies would have competed to offer insurance to North Carolinians. But because the GOP thumbed its collective nose at North Carolina residents to poke President Obama in the eye, only two companies offer health insurance in our state, and everyone who obtained insurance via healthcare.gov pays inflated premiums.
The writer is correct that we need more insurance companies competing in North Carolina. But it’s our state legislators who need to make that happen by establishing a state health care exchange.
Meanwhile, folks continue to vote against their own self-interest by electing people like Phil Berger and Thom Tillis, who cost hard-working taxpayers millions of dollars so that they can play their political games.