Here are your answers

No, the Affordable Care Act will not destroy jobs. Yes, it will have glitches. Yes, they will be worked out. Yes, it actually will help small businesses by enabling employers to once again offer insurance plans to their employees as competition drives costs down. Yes, premiums may go up for those who already have private insurance, but those costs would have gone up regardless of the Affordable Care Act.

No, the Affordable Care Act does not violate freedom of religion. Yes, it gives women the freedom to sensibly manage their reproductive health. No, the Affordable Care Act is not a “government handout.” It is an insurance plan that will be charged based on one’s ability to pay for it. It will enable millions of hard-working Americans who have been priced out of the market by an unjust system to visit a doctor in a timely manner instead of waiting until they are dying and then showing up at an emergency room.

No, the Affordable Care Act is not “government-run health care,” as it puts corrupt, profit-seeking, private insurance and pharmaceutical corporations solidly in the driver’s seat. No, the Affordable Care Act is not a socialist plot to destroy the country, Mom, and apple pie. Yes, the Affordable Care Act is inherently conservative, modeled on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation. Yes, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

Yes, a majority of Americans want the Affordable Care Act, contrary to the lies and distortions of the conservative media. Yes, billionaire radical conservatives, who would destroy the country, are actively funding hateful, lie-filled negative ad campaigns to scare and confuse the public and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Yes, the Affordable Care Act is seriously flawed, as it is not the single-payer system this nation desperately needs, and basically does nothing to control costs. However, the Affordable Care Act is a long-overdue, sane and rational first step in the right direction.

Joni Ellsworth

North Augusta, S.C.

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