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At last, a positive take on health care reform

“It could have been bankruptcy, if something major had happened. . . . You can see your whole life and your whole family fall totally apart,” said Arnold Gamage, a lobsterman in Maine. His old monthly premium was $800. It’s now $480.

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“It could have been bankruptcy, if something major had happened. . . . You can see your whole life and your whole family fall totally apart,” said Arnold Gamage, a lobsterman in Maine. His old monthly premium was $800. It’s now $480.

Thank you for your front-page article about the Affordable Care Act (“Out of health-care furor, satisfaction,” Page A1, Jan. 26). The most important thing is not that the website launch was a mess (the federal site is now pretty much fixed) or that people with really terrible plans lost them (many can sign up for better plans under the new law). The point is that millions who have lacked any health care coverage, been unable to get it because of preexisting conditions, or been unable to afford it, now can access it.

If Republican-led states, such as Maine, only allowed the expansion of Medicaid — at no cost to their states, at least for years — then millions more would have health care now.

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It is not surprising that polls, constantly reinforcing themselves, show that a majority of Americans oppose so-called Obamacare. The media have been so unremittingly negative, telling what seems like only the bad stories and none of the good.

With this article, the Globe has provided a breath of fresh air, and balance.

Susan Jhirad

Medford

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