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Letter: Health bill worries

I’m concerned about the health bill that may be brought to the Senate for vote. It was conceived in secret by a committee of 13 males over a short period of time to correct errors made in a bill passed by the House months prior. It was to replace and please those who were unhappy with Obamacare with no input through hearings and consideration of the people who do benefit as it is.

Have those who need to vote on the bill even had time to read through the thousands of pages and give it the study and consideration they should? Or will they vote because their political leaders tell them what to do?

The biggest flaw is capping Medicaid, which supports the disabIed, elderly and children in low-income or single parent families. Medicaid was designed 30 years ago as a partnership between the federal and state governments. With this cap, each state would have to come up with the difference and most would not have the budget.

Experts say millions would lose insurance. This is setting us up not only for a tragedy, but a travesty covering up the fact that taking this money out of the federal budget allows for tax cuts for the wealthiest.

The other glaring bias is cutting out funding for Planned Parenthood services. No government money has ever gone to abortions. Family planning services as well as general health care for females, plus cancer screening and treatment for sexually transmitted disease have been primary concerns. How can our senators ignore these needed services for millions of patients who are treated on sliding scale fees?

A rushed vote on this ill conceived bill is indeed a travesty. Call your U.S. senators and ask them to vote against this bill before it is too late.

Sen. Cory Gardner, 202-224-5941; Sen. Michael Bennet, 202-224-5852; U.S. Senate switchboard, 202-224-3121.

Mimi Baldwin

Glenwood Springs

 


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