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July 16, 2019

9/28/2017 7:28:00 AM
Graham-Cassidy targets Americans with pre-existing conditions

To the Editor:

As I write this article, Republicans are one vote away from passage of Graham-Cassidy, legislation which would rescind the Affordable Care Act. By the time you read this article, you will know whether they succeeded in putting health care out of the reach of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.

The Graham-Cassidy bill, co-sponsored by Wisconsin's very own millionaire Senator Ron Johnson, is worthy of a new name. For the sake of discussion, I will refer to it as the "Don't Care Act."

Do you have loved ones with pre-existing conditions? Acne or cancer? Diabetes or sleep apnea? Asthma or COPD? Depression or anxiety? If so,your loved ones are a­mong those Republican Congressman Mo Brooks said "failed to lead good lives." By viewing Americans with pre-existing conditions as low lives, it is easy for Congressman Brooks and others to deny them the health care coverage they need and deserve.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could not impose exorbitant premiums on Americans with pre-existing conditions. Not so under Graham-Cassidy's "Don't Care Act."

At a forum on Friday night, I reminded Republican State Representative Romaine Quinn that, if Graham-Cassidy were to pass, millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions would be at the mercy of state legislatures, assigned the role of deciding who should get health care subsidies.

I asked Rep. Quinn if he would promise to fight on behalf of those with pre-existing conditions. The first word out of Romaine's mouth was "no." His longer answer was, "It depends on how much money the federal government gives us."

I pray that the Graham-Cassidy bill failed to get the votes needed for passage. Americans with pre-existing conditions deserve to know their lives matter.

Mary Hoeft

Rice Lake

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