When Nancy Pelosi uttered those infamous words about the ACA, “We’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it,” I was disgusted that members of Congress elected to represent their constituents would vote for something without knowledge of the content or consequences. I am equally disgusted with the Republicans especially our own Mike Bost, John Shimkus, and Rodney Davis for doing exactly the same thing.
While the Democratic Party motives behind the ACA were to increase availability of healthcare to lower income Americans, the ACA has major warts that must be addressed. There is no indication that delivery of healthcare to Americans is even a consideration by the Republicans. Their motives for the AHCA are totally financial, i.e., find $20+ billion funding for a wall that we were promised we would not pay for, find $54 billion for the Department of Defense that they did not ask for, and fund major tax cuts for large corporations.
Lost on this administration and Congress was the state of healthcare that precipitated enactment of the ACA. Being employed did not mean an employer offered you the opportunity to participate in an employer-subsidized group healthcare plan. This was especially true for people employed in low-income jobs or by small businesses. Pre-existing illnesses were not covered; people skipped preventive care, were forced to use emergency rooms for routine care, and didn’t fill unaffordable prescriptions.
Bost, Shimkus, and Davis need to read before voting and start showing they care how their constituents will actually get affordable healthcare.
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David Vail, O’Fallon