A letter from Steve Williams Sept. 26 suggests that no one should be exempt from participation in the Affordable Care Act, including Congress and the president. The proposal reflects a serious misunderstanding of what the ACA sets out to achieve.
Presumably, President Barack Obama and all members of Congress already have health care coverage. For them, myself, and 90 percent of the American public, the ACA will have little effect on our lives, with the possible exception of slowing the rising cost of health care in the long term.
The ACA is designed to assist those without medical insurance. It will allow those without access to health care to purchase insurance through the free market by allowing private insurance companies to compete for the business of more the 25 million uninsured Americans.
Those who already have health insurance the vast majority simply keep their private or company policies and remain largely unaffected. To say there should be no exemptions from participating suggests a misunderstanding of what the act is created to achieve. Far from a general takeover of the nations medical industry, it is a bill to assist those with limited income to buy into the private health insurance market.