Letter: An inhumane bill

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
An inhumane bill

I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a woman. I am so many things to so many different people but lately it has become increasingly difficult to escape one definition in particular: I am a breast cancer survivor.

This has been a part of my life for some time, but as I’ve gone into remission I’ve worked to make sure this illness doesn’t define me. I beat cancer and my prize is living my life as if I didn’t. But now, my decision to move forward is being threatened by the AHCA.

Under the American Health Care Act, people with pre-existing conditions are placed in high-risk pools where they can be charged an unlimited amount per month in premiums. It is a de facto denial of coverage.

Under the AHCA, I would be penalized for surviving something I did nothing to cause. Instead of being rewarded for surviving this disease, I would be punished for getting it in the first place. I will once again be defined by this thing that I overcame.

This bill is punishing to those who have survived life’s ailments and who are particularly susceptible to new ones. The AHCA will not only cause people to lose health insurance, it will kill them.

I don’t believe that the AHCA should be rejected because it is a Republican bill. It should be rejected because it is an inhumane bill.