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Repeal & Replace bill is evil

May 10, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Since the U. S. House of Representatives passed Repeal & Replace on May 4, loss of coverage will result in a loss of life in the long run.

This bill is evil. The savings obtained is exactly the amount that will be given to the 1 percent wealthiest in the form of a tax cut ($800 billion).

It is also a loss of coverage for an estimated 14 to 24 million people, estimated by the CBO Congressional Budget Office.

Other casualties of the AHCA are:

- Persons with pre-existing conditions:?They may be placed in a high-risk pool by the state with much higher premiums.

- Veterans were accepted in the ACA, but not provided for in the AHCA.

- Elderly are subject to an "age tax": Provisions in the AHCA will allow the insurance company to charge elderly five times the premium of a younger person.

- Essential benefits given to all under the ACA may be reduced to make a policy cheaper under AHCA.

- Employer policies may also not be required to include all essential benefits under the AHCA. Employees may discover, after the fact, that their policy does not include benefits that the employee would need and has come to depend upon.

Hopefully, when this disaster is considered in the U.S. Senate, they will restore good solutions to this immoral bill.

It is not right to take healthcare benefits from the poor, just to give tax breaks to wealthiest 1 percent of our population in the tax overhaul. It's Robin Hood in reverse.

House members should be held accountable and pay a price at the polls in 2018.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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