Letters to the Editor

American Health Care Act a ‘dangerous step in the wrong direction’

Regarding the news artice “GOP senators can cut Obamacare taxes or preserve coverage for millions, but probably not both”: In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Yet the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a dangerous step in the wrong direction for the nation's healthcare system and economy.

The AHCA would give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while cutting $1 trillion in health care assistance to disadvantaged Americans. The plan also removes protections for some people with pre-existing conditions. It could make health insurance less affordable, less accessible, and less comprehensive for many. According to a previous Congressional Budget Office estimate, the AHCA would leave 24 million Americans without the security of health coverage by 2026.

The AHCA would slash Medicaid and shift the cost for coverage to the states. Those most deeply impacted by these changes would be low-wealth families, people with disabilities, pregnant women, premature babies, communities of color and the elderly. As a mother, I can't imagine not having had the resources to ensure the safe birth and ongoing care of my infant son. No parent should ever have to worry about whether or not they can afford the medical care their child needs. Families, the state, businesses and the economy can't afford this. In order to keep all families safe and communities healthy access to truly high-quality and affordable healthcare must be provided.

Julia Malinowski

Durham

Concerned about the AHCA

Regarding the May 18 news article “Obamacare premiums could skyrocket next year amid uncertain repeal efforts”: As a senior on fixed income, I would be paying much more per year in premiums if the American Health Care Act were to pass. Furthermore, since I have secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, I could lose my health insurance if North Carolina applied for a waiver.

Younger and healthier people would be able to choose not to enroll in health care, which would leave sick people in a smaller pool with higher premiums. High-risk pools are not an alternative, as they did not work for my husband when he had cancer. The premiums were prohibitively high. Is the plan to bankrupt older and ill constituents and have them lose their homes to pay medical bills?

Karen McGrew

Raleigh

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