Letters to My Representatives 5-3-2017

Short on time so here is my letter to Rep. Mitchell today. Peters and Stabenow will get a different one thanking them for their continued support of the ACA.

Dear Representative Mitchell,

‚ÄčI am asking you to please vote NO on AHCA, or the attempt to repeal ACA. There is discussion of the proposed MacArthur Amendment, which would give the option of limited waivers. While the argument is that limited waivers would allow for wider coverage, it would actually allow insurers to go back to individual ratings to set premiums.

The byproduct of reverting back to the individual rating system would likely impact those with pre-existing conditions, forcing the costs of individual plans higher. Please do not allow ill constituents to be negatively impacted in this way. Please continue working on fixing ACA, rather than repealing it.

On a personal note, I have a pre-existing condition through no fault of my own. I was born with a mild heart condition. I also have many, many friends with pre-existing conditions, or their children have pre-existing conditions, none of whom acquired these conditions through poor living choices. Without the ACA and without pre-existing condition protections, many people will not be able to afford the insurance that provides the healthcare they need to survive. We need to stop this partisan squabble about trying to repeal Obama’s legacy legislation. It is petty and demeaning. The Republican party looks like the villain in this issue. There are problems with the ACA. It is not perfect. But let’s focus on the issues concerning it that really matter and stop trying to have a PR victory that will hurt the American people in the long run.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jennifer Austin


Letters to My Representatives 3-7-2017

Today’s letters are about the new GOP health plan and how it will harm Americans:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am writing today to list my concerns with the GOP proposed healthcare plan:

Prohibiting funds through Medicaid to be paid to any organization that performs abortions. Of course, we all know this means Planned Parenthood, and we are also aware that NO Federal funds are used for abortions to begin with, but now we are punishing legitimate organizations that perform needed women’s healthcare such as providing birth control, cancer screenings and routine health checks just because they use other funds not connected with the government for abortions. This is wrong and detrimental to the health of millions of women across the country.

Prohibition of spending federal tax subsidies on health plans that cover abortions, thus shrinking the available plans for consumers in a transparent GOP bid to stop abortions. Legal and safe abortions are an important part of women’s healthcare and reducing available plans or forcing other plans not to cover abortions is detrimental to the health care of all Americans.

Removing individual and employer mandates will collapse the insurance markets. We need all people, young and old, sick and healthy, in the system to make it work for everyone.

Removal of federal mandates on essential health benefits like maternity care, hospitalization, and mental healthcare and leaving it to the states in 2019 could make these essential cares unavailable to many Americans and/or cost prohibitive.

Age-based premium subsidies will hurting working class families. The income based subsidies help those who need it most, and this will change that.

Killing Medicaid Expansion will make the neediest and most vulnerable suffer, ending the care they need to survive.

Repealing ACA taxes that help to support the system will only benefit the wealthy. I’m tired of this erroneous thought that tax cuts for the wealthy will boost the economy. It has never proven true and only makes the wealthy wealthier while removing needed funds for the ACA.

I am appalled at the callous disregard for American needs that the GOP has displayed. They are the party for the wealthy and the privileged, as they have demonstrated time and time again. This plan is unacceptable and I encourage you to fight it and find a better solution.

Thank you for your time.

Jennifer Austin