To the editor:
President Obama named his signature health reform the Affordable Care Act.
Unfortunately for some of my fellow students at SUNY Plattsburgh, this bill made health insurance a lot more unaffordable.
Since the college requires its students to have insurance, I paid $383.50 this past semester to receive up to $10,000 in coverage through the university. For a healthy, young guy like me, that was plenty.
Obama's health care bill - which my congressman, Bill Owens, voted for - eliminates these low-cost plans with capped benefits.
Plattsburgh State says it's going to have to raise its premium to as much as $1,600 to meet the requirements of the health bill. I graduated last month, so I'll personally avoid this 76 percent hike. Some of my fellow students, however, won't be so lucky.
I personally could not have afforded an additional, mandatory cost of $1,200 per semester. I worked up to 30 hours a week while taking a full course load and still had to borrow money from friends at least twice a semester to pay my rent, cell phone, or car insurance bill.
I went to college so that I could earn a degree and give myself a better opportunity to be successful. I was not as fortunate as many of my fellow students who have health insurance through their parents' employers.
I've been learning more about how this health care bill will hurt families, retirees, health providers, medical device manufacturers and students. The more I read, the more I wonder: Why is Congressman Owens making it more difficult for all of us to live a better life?