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We will not forget

May 17, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

There are many pockets of re-energized Democrats and progressives who have declared the American Health Care Act a political suicide for our GOP members of Congress. As a demonstration of this point, try searching the hashtags #resist, #votehimout and #takebackthehouse.

Is this shameful excuse for health care reform the plan that has taken them seven years to develop? Without an analysis and rating from the Congressional Budget Office, we have no true concept of its costs and overall effects. While the CBO analyses are not required by law, they are pretty standard when passing legislation. This, of course, raises an obvious question: Why vote on this bill without a CBO analysis?

According to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the failed attempt at the AHCA in March of this year, 15 million Americans would lose their coverage, and in general more of the burden of healthcare costs would be left to Americans to pay out of pocket (not less, as some would like you to believe). The only Americans who would benefit financially from this plan are the young and extraordinarily healthy.

Perhaps they went ahead with their vote on Thursday foregoing the CBO report in fear that the results would lead to loss of support, as it did in March. I can't imagine though, that our own Representative Rooney would not have the foresight to realize that the loss of support will come on Nov. 6, 2018. Let us not forget that he told us in our town hall in March that he would not support healthcare reform that did not guarantee coverage for those with preexisting conditions. We will not forget that he voted for a bill that would allow insurance companies to charge individuals more for "pre-existing conditions" such as pregnancies, heavy periods and rape. We will not forget that he voted to return us to a time in which insurance companies were not required to cover maternity care, mental health and many prescription drugs. We will not forget that he voted for a health care act that allows insurance companies to charge older Americans, some of the most vulnerable in our population, five times that of a young healthy person.

Our health care is not a political ploy, as it has turned into. For many, this will quite literally mean death, as they will not be able to afford the treatment and preventative care necessary to live with their health conditions and emergencies. Let the weight of that sink in. People will die. When did life and the pursuit of happiness stop being an inalienable right, and become a privilege for the wealthy?

Regina Duresky

Board Member

SWFL Indivisible

Cape Coral

SWFL Indivisible is a non-partisan, grass-roots organization that values a representative and transparent democratic process. It works to ensure elected officials are accountable to the entirety of their constituency by fostering effective communications with legislators and supporting lawmakers who hear and consider the concerns of the people in their district.



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