I have written multiple iterations of this column trying to keep pace with the disastrous healthcare bills being presented first in the U.S. House of Representatives and now the Senate.
But I can’t keep up with them. There are just too many and they come too fast.
Each proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) has been met with public disdain in no small part because each would force up to an estimated 32 million people from government-supported healthcare insurance coverage over the next decade.
Ever since President Donald Trump was elected, Republicans have been racing to repeal and replace the ACA, legislation that protects tens of millions of U.S. citizens from unforeseen and often unavoidable medical challenges and the financial ruin that typically accompanies them. Worse, besides including policies that would cripple many people and families — especially those at or near the poverty line — many of the replacement bills include huge tax benefits for the wealthiest citizens in the U.S.
For those with MS and other chronic illnesses, the bills presented by Republicans, who currently control both the U.S. House and Senate, are especially scary because they would make affordable and useful healthcare practically impossible for people with pre-existing conditions.
I’ve never called an elected official before. But not too long ago I called Sen. Todd Young’s office, a conservative Republican and one of our state’s two senators, to ask him to please put country over party and vote against these bills.
I’d read that sending an email to elected officials is not the most effective way of getting their attention and sharing one’s point of view. A well-written, civil letter is better, followed by a phone call and finally, scheduling a personal visit.
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