Dear Mr President
I would like to begin this letter expressing my boundless admiration for the job you have done as President. I have been in constant praise of your even temperament in the face of unrelenting personal attacks and constant barrages launched at you and your administration from the right. I have told many of my friends that I am in awe of the way you handle these attacks, much like Kane did in one of my favorite TV shows, Kung Fu. Sometimes I even think you may have grown up watching that show, as I did, and adopted his life view.
So I am writing this letter with mixed feelings and hope you understand why. Your work in getting the Affordable Care Act enacted will go down in history as one of the most important acts in our country’s history! As I see it, it is the beginning of moving our country into the modern world with affordable medical care for all, along with most developed countries. I know that this program is in its infancy and needs continued improvement, but there is a particular aspect of this program that worries me more than others: the cost that this is placing on the middle class. As I talk to my friends and neighbors who are paying, in my opinion, much too much for their private health insurance, I am seeing a trend that is very disturbing. The cost of insurance for these individuals is approaching levels that are simply beyond their reach. For example, today I talked to a friend who is a farrier who must purchase his own health insurance for his wife and himself. He has a $2500 deductible and is paying $1347 a month! He told me that he has never met the deductible and so is paying out-of-pocket for all his medical needs! I asked him if a higher deductible were applied, would it help?; he said emphatically, “NO.” You and I, Mr President, who are on government insurance programs, do not experience this problem as so many like him do. My friend, although he continues to find the money to make these payments, is being stretched close to his financial limits. I am talking about middle class America, not the Trumps of the world. I feel certain you would agree with this.
On a more practical and current note, the present belief of many middle Americans is that the Affordable Care Act must be eliminated or replaced. Much of this fear and uncertainty emanates from the enormous expense middle class individuals are being forced to pay. At this point in time I understand there is little you can do to correct the problem, but this will certainly be a hurdle that Secretary Clinton will have to navigate in the coming years. It would also make a great political opportunity for her to use her many skills to address. I understand that you may very well never see this letter; nevertheless it is my hope that you may, because I believe your heart is always in the right place. I feel that you believe that Americans deserve to have much better health care at a price that will not do damage to their life-style, their sense of security and the well-being of their family.
I am sending this letter to you as well as posting it on my Blog, which is found in our local newspaper at http://www.hampshirereview.com under blogs and Cosmic Charley. Again, thank you for doing an outstanding job as President of our great country. I will miss you and your family.