Friday, February 23, 2018

BHC Farm Bureau member finds Affordable Care Act not so affordable

Letter to the editor
On behalf of the Big Horn County Farm Bureau, I am writing you this letter to express our opinion of the inaptly-named Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. 
The majority of our members are farmers and ranchers, small business owners. Most of us are family businesses, many are multi-generational. We may have a large asset base, but our bank accounts are generally quite small. Price fluctuations in our goods, services and crops affect us deeply. One of the latest issues which has caused us genuine concern since its implementation has been the ACA-Obamacare legislation.
Our members have told many personal stories of the hardships caused by rising premiums, rising deductibles and difficulties in finding health care medical personnel allowed by their policies. Our own situation has seen our premiums triple and our deductibles quadruple since Obamacare became law, and we are basically healthy people with no pre-existing or current health conditions!
We would like to encourage our congressional members to work with the upcoming administration to implement a reworking of this health care act. We support legislation that offers some help to those in need of basic health care cost assistance, without penalizing the working people of America by causing their premiums to skyrocket. It’s a fact that not everyone can afford every health care treatment they want or need. This does not give the government the right to force the working people of America to contribute money so all treatments are covered for everyone.
Gina Stevens,
Big Horn County Farm Bureau