‘Jane and Jan’ Report
I read “Healthcare is not for sharing” by Jane
M. Orient, M.D. (“Guest Column,” July 19), and
I thought I was reading another Borowitz Report.
On the other hand, if one wants to think of
her comments as serious, Jane could be thought
of as Executive Officer of the ship: U.S.S.
Karl Rove. Oops, I’m wrong. That ship is a tanker
filled with very slippery crude oil used to
destroy the U.S., certainly not a U.S. Navy
According to Jane, health care is not for “poor
people” or those who are “vulnerable” or “disadvantaged.”
She sounds more like a One-Percenter or Karl
than some normal medical doctor making a decent,
or indecent, living. Oh, I forgot. Jane is from
Arizona. I bet she is related to Jan Brewer,
the Arizona governor who hates Latinos.
There you have it, just another humorous Borowitz
Report. Maybe we should call it the “Jane and
What we might lose
What does it mean for you if the Republicans
(Grassley, King, Latham, and Romney) repeal
or defund the Affordable Care Act, negatively
labeled “Obamacare?” Provisions of the Act,
which began to be implemented March 23. 2010,
that will no longer be in effect include:
No. 1. Parents will not be able to cover their
children on their insurance policies until the
child is 26.
No. 2. Insurance agencies will be able to charge
higher fees or refuse to cover anyone 18 or
younger if they have preexisting conditions;
this provision is scheduled to cover everyone
No. 3. Insurance agencies will no longer be
required to spend at least 80 percent of premiums
on health care.
No. 4. Insurance agencies will be able to impose
lifetime dollar limits on essential health benefits
and annual limits will not be phased out.
No. 5. Insurance agencies will be able to use
a mistake on your application to deny you coverage
if you get sick.
No. 6. Insurance agencies will no longer have
to justify to your State the raising of fees
10 percent or more.
No. 7. Insurers will no longer have to provide
preventive services, such as cancer, diabetes,
and blood pressure screenings, without additional
cost sharing such as copays or deductibles.
No. 8. There will no longer be relief for those
whose prescription costs reach the “donut hole.”
No. 9. The free preventive services for seniors
including diabetes screening and the Annual
Wellness Visit will no longer be offered.
No. 10. The Affordable Insurance Exchanges will
not be made available in states and consumers
will not be able to choose a competitive program
to meet their needs; beginning in 2014, they
would have been able to choose the same kind
of insurance choices as available to Congress.
No. 11. Insurers will be able to charge women
more than men for the same coverage.
These are only some of the provisions of the
Act that will be cancelled. Please be informed
how the repeal or defunding of the Affordable
Care Act can affect you.
Ione G. Shadduck
West Des Moines
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