Letters to the Editor

Paula Jennings: Fix ACA, don’t repeal it

As a retired health care worker, much of my career spent in public health, I have witnessed first-hand the effects of being underinsured or uninsured. My patients had to choose which medicines to “not” take from one month to the next, whether to see a doctor or pay the light bill, or whether to buy milk or medicine. It was heart wrenching.

I am very afraid of the return of those days if Obamacare is repealed.

Though well aware of the rise of co-pays, deductibles and premiums, we need to fix these problems, not return to the “good old days.” They were only good if someone was wealthy or had good employer insurance.

Our legislators would do well to give their constituencies more details about the replacement plan they have in mind before voting to repeal. We should have input.

I am also against a private voucher system for Medicare. Donald Trump campaigned with the promise to leave Medicare alone. Will he keep that promise?

Seniors all across the country will be watching how our elected officials vote on this issue and how Trump uses his influence in this area. We will be watching and voting.

Paula Jennings