I read Eric Russell’s article on Obamacare premiums with interest (“The average Obamacare premium in Maine: $99,” June 18).

He really did not explain the situation very objectively. He presents a very positive view of Obamacare but neglects any negative opinions.

A quote or two from knowledgeable people who question the purported “success” of Obamacare might have been helpful. How many of those who are now covered use Obamacare only because they had their previous insurance taken away?

About 40,000 people in Maine are paying an average of $99 per month, but the “real,” unsubsidized average premium is $443. Therefore, taxpayers, both federal and Maine, are paying about $165 million annually for Mainers’ subsidies! The author also fails to note the increases in deductibles and co-pays, as well as the shrinking networks and drug formularies under Obamacare.

Proposed increases of up to 3 percent are mentioned, implying this is a good deal. A recent study by the Manhattan Institute showed that the average increase in premiums across the entire country between 2013 (pre-Obamacare) and 2014 is 49 percent – maybe not such a good deal. When an apples-to-apples comparison is made of similar plans, networks, etc., the increase is more than 100 percent – even less of a good deal.

While many people are opposed to Obamacare and many favor it, good decisions can only be made when all of the facts are laid out on an objective basis. This article only looks at one side of the issue. As Thomas Jefferson said: “A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate.”

Allan Brockman

Buxton