Will you still have affordable health insurance after the November election?
If that concerns you, we urge you to elect Jesse Colvin as our U.S. representative on Nov. 6. Here’s why:
As practicing physicians, we both saw many, many patients and families struggle with the cost of medical care, often with health insurance being unaffordable, or unattainable due to a long list of pre-existing conditions used by insurance companies to deny coverage or escalate premiums.
Despite its shortcomings, the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010 assured more than 20 million Americans of low and middle income that they could buy affordable health insurance and not have a pre-existing condition stop them.
What are pre-existing conditions (PEC’s)? Dozens of illnesses and medical problems including asthma, acne, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, obesity, mental disease, migraine headaches and many more.
Do you know any families or friends who have never had any health problems? If you and your family have none at this moment, are you confident you will not develop one, minor or serious, next year or five years from now? If not, you should be very concerned about this issue. Your current good health can change in a heartbeat, literally. And many children are born with serious conditions which insurance companies consider PECs. Yes, they actually call them that.
The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan healthcare consultancy estimates that 50 million non-elderly Americans have a health condition that could leave them uninsurable if the ACA is repealed.
But thankfully, we’re protected by the ACA, right? Not if Andy Harris and his right-wing friends have their way. The Republican House and Harris have voted to repeal or cripple the ACA 50-plus times. Recall their mantra to “repeal and replace?”
They have never offered even one serious plan to “replace” ACA after their repeal. Their repeal failed by McCain’s single vote last year, but with McCain gone, they will succeed if they win in November. They say we cannot afford to help all these middle class Americans buy health insurance, but we can afford to borrow billions to fund the recent huge tax cuts for the rich.
Yes, Andy Harris wants to take away your health insurance. Stop him by voting for Jesse Colvin on Nov. 6.
DR. THOMAS FAUNTLEROY and DR. SCOTT FRIEDMAN