John Arensmeyer, Washington
The writer is founder and chief executive
of Small Business Majority.
Regarding Sen. Lamar Alexander’s June 20 Wednesday Opinion essay, “Health care is about to get better”:
Yes, the “association health plan” idea could be good: Let groups of people buy insurance together, just as big companies do — as long as insurers actually offer high-quality plans with comprehensive coverage. We shall see.
Where Mr. Alexander (R-Tenn.) got it wrong was in claiming the Affordable Care Act was bad for the self-employed and small businesses. For most of my 25 years of self-employment, I had health-insurance coverage though a “group” business policy that contained just one person (by the good graces of Maryland’s health-care laws). But I kept moving to worse plans because my premiums were going up by as much as 25 percent a year. I could not switch to a cheaper individual plan because of preexisting conditions. The ACA finally made it possible for me to get a better plan at lower cost.
The ACA attempts to level the playing field for everyone and rein in discriminatory practices by insurers. How did Mr. Alexander’s plumber in Memphis, songwriter in Nashville or bakery owner in Chattanooga end up worse off?
Eric Wenocur , Olney