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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • The Affordable Care Act is taking center stage for several reasons.
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  • The Affordable Care Act is taking center stage for several reasons.
    First, Oct. 1 is when uninsured consumers can start shopping for health insurance through their state exchanges. Fortunately in Oregon the stage is set and ready to go. Then on Jan. 1 new coverage begins, and this includes coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Finally, the window for getting coverage if you are uninsured closes March 31.
    So is anyone surprised that loud voices in the Republican Party don't want this to happen and are threatening a government shutdown? Wow. Getting out good information is critical since many people don't know about the exchanges and how the health care act rolls out. States have federal funds to do this but also the Republican Party has Koch money and lots more to spread fear and bad information.
    Money does buy air time and the messages can affect public opinion. Expanding health care to the uninsured is a good thing to do. Let Rep. Greg Walden know shutting down the government over this issue should be off the table. Support those who are leading the way in Oregon and elsewhere. Push back however you can against the opposition. It matters a lot. — Steve Haskell, Ashland
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