Will you still have af­ford­able health in­sur­ance af­ter the Novem­ber elec­tion?

Sunday Star - - OPINION -

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

Eas­ton

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