Attack on American public
I find it unbelievable that the Republicans in the Senate suppose that Americans will sit back and do nothing while they promote a bill that will take health care back to the Bush era (or worse).
Any rational politician would be working with every other Senator to make the Affordable Care Act more effective with more stable funding. The Graham-Cassidy bill does not do anything constructive and instead is a blatant partisan attack on the American public.
Lloyd Johnston, Seattle
‘We can do much better’
I’m a single mom and full-time student. I pay close to $400 a month for health insurance. I am blessed to have amazing health. But what if I were to develop a disease or medical condition? I could not afford coverage with a pre-existing condition.
When will we, as a society, value the contribution of mothers, the self-employed and students? Is there a price tag to our health? Is there a price tag our contribution to this world?
The Graham-Cassidy bill does not honor humanity, community or innovation through personal enterprise. We can do much better as a whole.
Diana Jyoti, Shoreline
Make your voice heard
I find it beyond belief that the Republicans are trying to ram this bill through Congress again. They know how many people it will hurt. People will die because of this bill, and they don’t care. How can they do this to the people they represent? How can they live with themselves knowing the suffering this bill will cause? Please, anyone who agrees, stand with me against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. Let’s make our voices heard.
Andrea Hawkins, Seattle
Single-payer is only solution
Regardless of the intentions of Congress, the president of the United States, the right, the left or those in between, health care should be available to all and should be consistent across state lines. One should be able to get the same level of coverage, same premiums, etc., and not have a geographical border dictate who lives and who dies.
The only solution on the horizon would be a single-payer system. But I guess that the for-profit insurance companies may differ.
Gee, maybe we aren’t so great after all.
Donna Johnson, Greenbank
Slow down, ask for citizens’ input
Since before Donald Trump was elected president, he and many members of Congress have been focused on repealing and replacing Obamacare. If we can create something that works better for all Americans, I am 100 percent behind it.
This is the third attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, yet nothing has been learned by previous failures. A simple tweak, and roll it out again. Seriously? Take your time. Figure it out. Then, create the legislation and roll it out.
A sense of purpose is needed in Washington, D.C., to objectively look at a situation or problem, determine the best course of action and then create a plan to improve the situation. I believe it is possible to take what is working with Obamacare, transfer it into a new plan that has clear benefits for all Americans and then create a plan, working with health-care insurers and providers, and Medicaid, to roll it out in a systematic way that allows proper funding and execution.
I wonder, if Congress had to work with a panel of American citizens, would it improve this process?
Stephen Rountree, Seattle