Letters to the Editor

Working toward accessible and affordable health care

Our country is caught in a financial struggle over profit-taking in the provision of health care. Our current national health care program is too much into commodity management and risk-limit management; too little into the management of accessible and affordable health care for all.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently rammed through the House is not focused on creating health care for all. It protects insurance companies and commodity businesses to maintain the current extreme profit taking from our health care system.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not address the extreme profit-taking of businesses that inflate health care costs, either.

The ACA did try to limit some insurance company practices that are costly to the ill. It did try to limit the number of citizens who believe they will never need to participate in health care.

The ACA made health care coverage accessible and affordable to many Americans.

Senator Mitch McConnell and his “work group” are now developing a Senate bill that is likely to follow the lead of the AHCA with some small changes to try to make it more palatable to some.

To prevent loss of the gains that ACA made, please ask senators, now, to commit to, at least, one of the following actions to continue improving accessibility to health care:

1. Oppose any legislation that cuts or restructures Medicaid. OR

2.Oppose any legislation that end Medicaid Expansion. OR

3. Oppose any legislation that takes health care coverage from millions of Americans.