Opinion on ACA is way off


Dr. Gina Reghetti is far off on many points of her letter to the editor about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

She claims the ACA is a violation of the Sherman Anti-trust Act. That would be correct, but in 1945, Congress passed an amendment called the McCarron-Ferguson Act exempting health insurers.

She claims the ACA limits patient choices for providers. That would also be correct except HMOs, PPOs and point of service providers have been around and thriving since 1990. Where was her outrage then?

She claims it was unconstitutional because she alludes that the Senate drafted and passed the bill sidestepping the U.S. House or Representatives. Fact is, the Senate passed its version on Dec. 24, 2009, and sent it to the House. The House passed the ACA on March 21, 2010, after debate and melding of the Senate and House versions and then sending it for the president’s signature.

I believe some doctors have forgotten their Hippocratic Oath to provide health care to their patients no matter where it comes from and instead have put either their opinions and or profits ahead of patients.

Ian McAleer