To the Editor:
I am writing to express my objection to the Senate version of the American Health Care Act, the legislation Congress intends to replace the Affordable Care Act with.
The AHCA removes many guarantees that are included in the current law. These guarantees, which are removed in the AHCA, ensure that no matter what health insurance plan consumers purchase, they are guaranteed the minimal requirements to provide affordable health care.
One of the most important of these guarantees ensures that pre-existing conditions are covered. Most Americans have what can be considered a pre-existing condition. These include diabetes, asthma, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and many more. These conditions require regular treatment and if left untreated can cause additional health problems.
Without coverage for these conditions, people who suffer from them are left with the choice of paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for treatment or paying for everyday essentials.
Another of the guarantees that the AHCA would remove is coverage for essential services, such as emergency room visits, medications, annual checkups and mammograms. These are all basic services that are meant to ensure care in the case of trauma or prevent catastrophic illness.
The AHCA does all of this while also raising the cost of health care premiums and increasing deductibles. The average adult age 50 or older will see their health care premiums rise, in some cases 200 percent or more.
The AHCA allows health insurance companies increase the “age tax” on older adults to five times the amount a younger person is charged
Please reach out to your congressmen and senators to ask them to vote no on the AHCA. It will increase health care costs while decreasing the quality of care. Several major health care organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the AARP, the American Medical Association and many others say this bill is bad for Americans.