Health care kisses

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It’s early on in Obamacare and I received my first two smooches this month. I am a moderate Republican. Our Democratic liberal president stated, “If you like your current insurance, you can keep it.” I liked it, I kept it and, of course, am feeling adverse effects so far. I am a retiree on a fixed income, and my contribution through my ex-employer-provided health insurance increased 17 percent from $351 to $417 per month ($792 per year) due to increases attributed to the Affordable Care Act, according to the provider. My ex-employer’s portion increased a similar amount, so, of course, this cost will be passed on to its customers.

I then found out that the Internal Revenue Service-allowed deduction for medical expenses was increased from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of adjusted gross income on my federal taxes for 2013. This change amounts to a loss of about $1,000 to me.

Way to go, my liberal friends. You’re really knocking it out of the park.

JIM YOUNG
Avalon


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