On pre­ven­ta­tive care

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Pres­i­dent Trump states he doesn’t want any­one dy­ing in the street. Without Med­i­caid and/or Medi­care cov­er­age to treat chronic health is­sues, give preven­tive care and pro­vide rou­tine screen­ing, what could go wrong? Surely you don’t think the ER will of­fer a mam­mo­gram, pap smear, chest X-ray or colonoscopy.

If you lack wealth and will pos­si­bly get old, be­come sick or de­velop health is­sues, the BRCA (Trump­care) could leave you and 22 mil­lion oth­ers high and dry.

I think it’s naïve to be­lieve Don­ald Trump’s GOP, Tom Cot­ton or John Booz­man care about your health. Have you heard a peep from our Arkansas sen­a­tors? Their lack of con­cern is chill­ing.

Your baby bet­ter be born per­fect and re­main that way. You or your par­ents bet­ter not be­come old, get sick or de­velop chronic health prob­lems. Think de­men­tia, heart dis­ease or can­cer. Too lit­tle care too late and you will be sicker and die sooner. States with Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion such as New York, Maine, and Ari­zona have re­duced death by 6 per­cent; it’s a life­saver and cost-re­ducer.

Please con­tact our sen­a­tors be­fore they vote to ap­prove Trump­care and let them know you ex­pect com­pas­sion. Ask Se­na­tor Cot­ton and Se­na­tor Booz­man about their health cov­er­age. And then pray. JOE SEA­MAN Lake­view

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