Loss of freedom is having to worry about no health insurance coverage

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In Harvey Bower's June 26 letter ("Path to Dependency"), he asserts that any personal securities gained by Obamacare will be offset by losses of individual freedom. I often wonder how many like-minded people have experienced freedom from health insurance. Probably the vast majority have health coverage through an employer.

When my wife and I both became self-employed at the age of 56, she was able to convert to a very expensive individual plan, thanks to COBRA, but I was not. I was initially unconcerned because I have no chronic health conditions, had never had surgery, etc., so I submitted an online application to Aetna, checking "no" or "never" to nearly every question. To my total surprise, I was rejected due to very minor pre-existing conditions. Apparently profit-seeking health insurance companies are looking for 56-year-olds with 26-year-old bodies.

So although there are many complex issues related to implementing Obamacare, please don't opine about "dependency" and the loss of freedom unless you are also over 55 and walking the health insurance tightrope without a net.

HENRY WIENS
Rochester


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