- - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is a cruel proposal. It guts Medicaid, an insurance program on which 74 million Americans — including many seniors living in nursing homes — rely. Millions of others covered under the Affordable Care Act will be subject to new, skyrocketing premiums, higher co-pays and reduced coverage, if they can afford insurance at all.

Recent Congressional Budget Office estimates show that about 22 million Americans will lose insurance coverage entirely if the bill passes. Lawmakers’ claim that the current system is financially unsustainable can be seen for the naked lie it is with further reading of the CBO report. The paper estimates the pending bill will eventually transfer around $1 trillion from the existing health-care system, mainly to cover tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. So the money is clearly available to help Americans have access to health insurance, but the authors of the bill would prefer it go to the very well-off instead.

The shocking cynicism and meanness of this bill calls for action. I ask anyone reading this letter to contact their senators and urge them to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Do it today.


Lumberton, N.C.

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