In with Colvin, out with Har­ris

Sunday Star - - OPINION -

The elec­tion of a Demo­cratic House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is essen­tial to stop the Repub­li­cans in the House from en­act­ing their bud­get. Their bud­get for next year plans to cut $1 tril­lion from Medi­care, So­cial Se­cu­rity, Med­i­caid and other health pro­grams for the mid­dle class and the poor. This is be­cause the new law pro­vid­ing tax cuts for com­pa­nies and the rich­est one per­cent did not pay for it­self, as Repub­li­can econ­o­mists had said. Ap­par­ently, they are $1 tril­lion short.

In ad­di­tion, Repub­li­can sen­a­tors re­cently voted down a bill the Democrats tried to pass pro­tect­ing pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. The Repub­li­can plan is to cut off all those of us with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions from reg­u­lar health in­sur­ance, such as ACA (also called Oba­macare) or oth­ers. If you have a knee or hip re­place­ment, asthma, di­a­betes, can­cer or vir­tu­ally any other con­di­tion you have al­ready been treated for, you will be rel­e­gated to the ash-heap of med­i­cal in­sur­ance.

If you do not want your safety net re­duced to pay for the tax cuts for the rich and if you want to pro­tect your right to have a good health in­sur­ance de­spite a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion, you must vote for Jesse Colvin, a cen­trist Demo­crat and vet­eran, who will pro­tect your in­ter­ests in Wash­ing­ton. LENA GILL Eas­ton

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