Good of con­stituents

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

To our se­na­tors: Please vote for the good of your con­stituents and against Trump­care when you re­turn from re­cess. I re­al­ize the ACA isn’t per­fect and there are trade­offs be­tween it and the Sen­ate bill. The new bill’s pros: lower pre­mi­ums for the healthy, elim­i­na­tion of the unin­sured penalty (also gen­er­ally the healthy), and mas­sive tax cuts (nearly a tril­lion dol­lars) for the top 1 per­cent and in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. But the bill’s sig­nif­i­cant cons would af­fect the ma­jor­ity of your con­stituents:

• The CBO es­ti­mates 22 mil­lion, in­clud­ing 200,000 Arkansans, will lose health care, and 43,000 will die as a di­rect re­sult.

• An es­ti­mated 1 mil­lion jobs lost over a decade, in­clud­ing 10,000-40,000 in Arkansas.

• A $500 mil­lion hit to the Arkansas econ­omy, per Gov. Asa Hutchin­son.

• Ru­ral hospi­tals clos­ing, with farm­ers dis­pro­por­tion­ately im­pacted.

• An es­ti­mated 5,000 Arkansas vet­er­ans will lose their health care after serv­ing their coun­try.

• Med­i­caid slashed (which funds about 60 per­cent of nurs­ing home se­niors, poor kids, and kids with dis­abil­i­ties).

• 62 per­cent of Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal’s rev­enue from Med­i­caid at risk.

• Pro­tec­tions for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions weak­ened or elim­i­nated, af­fect­ing at least one in three people.

When you cast your vote, please con­sider whether the ben­e­fits for the se­lect few (the wealthy and healthy) out­weigh the cost to the ma­jor­ity of the people you rep­re­sent (those with med­i­cal is­sues, se­niors, vet­er­ans, poor kids, kids with dis­abil­i­ties). If that doesn’t sway you, then con­sider how many vot­ers are win­ners ver­sus losers from this bill. We’ll be watch­ing your vote.

KELLY McCLEARY Ben­tonville

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