Letter: Sink or swim

Published: 6/22/2017 12:01:13 AM
Sink or swim

When it comes to health care, no one can be outside looking in. We each have a stake in the health of our country, and everyone will suffer at the expense of a poorly drafted, underserving health care bill. While truly there can be no perfect bill, the Affordable Care Act by providing coverage for prescription drugs, removing the need to receive pre-authorization for emergency care, guaranteeing at least a partial coverage for inpatient care, ensuring dental and eye exams for children and providing prenatal care at no extra cost, might have represented the best first step that could have been taken in that direction.

The Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act will best serve those with health and wealth while it will act to hurt senior patients and people covered under the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. According to the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan scorekeeper, the AHCA will:

Take coverage away from 23 million Americans.

Slash Medicaid by $834 billion.

Hike premiums, as you get older,

Give $664 billion in tax breaks to the wealthy and insurance corporations.

Defund Planned Parenthood in 2018.

To suggest that only half of a given society can be healthy is more than inaccurate, it’s immoral. The key to a vibrant economy is the establishment and assurance of both a strong middle and working class. Borrowing a quote from Trevor Manuel, a South African politician who served in the government of South Africa as minister of finance: “We will swim together or sink together.”

Paul Blackford



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