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Letter to the editor

Letter: AHCA a bad idea


For seven years, Republicans in Congress have spent their energy trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and used every opportunity to try to undermine the health law. They promised they would replace the ACA with a plan that would cover more people, lower costs for consumers and protect vulnerable populations. The bill House Republicans have introduced, the American Health Care Act, would eliminate coverage for millions of people covered through the ACA, increase costs for all consumers and apply caps on the Medicaid program, meaning states will need to ration care for their residents.

The AHCA would harm millions of Americans. It gives wealthy Americans, insurance companies, drug companies and other corporations tax breaks they don't need. These tax cuts are paid for on the backs of poor and middle class Americans by dramatically scaling back the subsidies that they use to purchase affordable health care.

Americans deserve an open and honest debate on a bill that will cause millions of people to lose health insurance coverage. House Republicans shared a draft of their bill with only 40 hours for the public or even other members of Congress to review. Supporters of the bill want to get it through the House before they head home for the next recess (April 8-23). They do not want to face you at town halls or have to answer questions about their plans to replace the ACA.

Call Congressman Ken Buck at 202-225-4676 and tell him to vote no on the American Health Care Act. Tell him you oppose ACA repeal without a transparent, thoughtful process that results in a plan that preserves the coverage gains and quality of care under the ACA.

Michael Dubrovich



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