Time to op­pose GOP health bill

Albuquerque Journal - - LETTERS -

WHY IS THE Se­nate GOP de­vel­op­ing a health care plan be­hind closed doors, not al­low­ing the usual com­mit­tee dis­cus­sions or any pub­lic in­put? ...What are they afraid of? They are afraid we will un­der­stand their health care bill as the tax credit bill it is.

Cut­ting more than $880 bil­lion from cur­rent health pro­grams, deny­ing Med­i­caid to thou­sands of chil­dren in New Mex­ico alone and ask­ing gover­nors to fund costs for pro­grams their states can’t af­ford re­quires a lack of moral­ity I wouldn’t want to have de­bated or pub­li­cized ei­ther. Es­pe­cially when the money will then be used to give tax breaks to al­ready prof­it­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, health in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and those who are well off.

When you have a cap placed on the amount of money that your in­sur­ance com­pany will cover in your life­time, when you are placed in a high-cost pool be­cause of chronic ill­ness or dis­abil­ity and have to pay more for in­sur­ance, when you work hard all your life and are not val­ued be­cause you are too ex­pen­sive to re­ceive the care you need, thank the Repub­li­cans. Please call Sens. (Martin) Hein­rich and (Tom) Udall and ask them which Repub­li­cans with a con­science they can per­suade to be rea­son­able and vote against this un­car­ing and un­nec­es­sary tax bill giv­ing more to those who al­ready have the most. ANDY TRU­JILLO Albuquerque

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