Letters to the Editor

Pierce letter: AHCA

The House passed the American Health Care Act in May, and if passed by the Senate, it would cause 23 million people to lose insurance, 14 million of them from Medicaid alone. The AHCA would cap Medicaid funding to states, force states to ration care, bear more costs and deny health coverage to those who need it most. Yet, despite overwhelming opposition from the American people, the Senate plans to base 80 percent of its bill on the AHCA.

I understand that the ER treats people regardless, but when it’s all said and done, there is still a huge bill to contend with and it’s very expensive. The ER doesn’t provide chemo, surgery and they don’t manage chronic conditions. If it weren’t for access to health insurance/health care via the ACA, I would be terminal and in horrific pain from uterine cancer. Because I had access to health insurance and health care, I was able to see my primary care physician, get a referral, have two ultrasounds, surgery and excellent medical care.

People’s lives are literally on the line. I urge Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch to oppose any proposal that cuts or restructures Medicaid or threatens the health care of millions of Americans.

Dawn Pierce, Boise