Letter: Speak up to avoid losing health care protections

From: Lynne Foster Shifriss

Bloomington

Recently, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., began a process to fast-track the new health care bill through the Senate, avoiding committee hearings that would show that the bill, if passed, would cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance and drive up costs for millions of others.

People with pre-existing conditions would be left at the mercy of insurance companies that could deny coverage or drive the cost so high it would be impossible for many.

Call or write Jaymi Light, the health care staffer forĀ U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., at 202-224-5623 or jaymi_light@young.senate.gov. Young must not vote for this bill that would harm so many. In Indiana alone, more than 300,000 people have pre-existing conditions. I take medication for high blood pressure, so I am one of them.

When the Republicans say “choice,” the real meaning is that you should have chosen to make decisions so that you would be rich. Otherwise, you will be left out of getting decent health care coverage.

It’s hard to believe Republicans are calling this an improvement, but they are. Give Young the message that voters do not want to lose health care protections.