Letters to the Editor

Don’t repeal ACA without acceptable replacement

Repealing the Affordable Care Act will have wide-ranging effects, not many of them good. Besides removing access to affordable health care for tens of millions, it would remove the various protections that the ACA provides. These protections ensure that health care policies meet certain basic coverage requirements. These basic requirements are coverage of prescriptions, annual checkups, pre-existing conditions, diagnostic tests, emergency room visits, and many others. These protections ensured that policyholders were covered for the most basic of health care services in the event of an unforeseeable health event.

Before passage of the ACA, it was very common to have common procedures not covered. It was not uncommon to have an emergency room visit that was not covered by insurance, forcing you to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars. It was not uncommon to have coverage rescinded because of a diagnosis of a catastrophic illness such as cancer or diabetes; in fact, insurance companies had whole departments dedicated to that process.

Repeal of the ACA will be catastrophic for tens of millions of Americans. Repeal will remove access to affordable health care for tens of millions and will not make access to health care more affordable. Repeal will decrease access and increase costs, both short-term and long-term. Repeal will move health care from patient-focus to profit-focus. I recommend every one contact their members of Congress and urge them to not support a repeal of the ACA without an acceptable replacement. I recommend everyone contact the members of Congress and demand public hearings on health care.

Bill Becker, Roscoe