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Letters: ACA repeal not needed

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/2 13:55:04 (1564 reads)

Rep. Michael Burgess and his cronies in the Republican House have voted nearly 60 times in an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They finally get their wish of it heading to President Obama's desk next week, after the Senate also passed the bill this month. The President will most likely veto this repeal, because it is the right thing to do for the health of Americans.

Since the ACA was passed into law, we have seen healthcare spending in 2014 grow at the slowest rate since 1960. Healthcare inflation is also as its lowest in 50 years. The number of Texans uninsured dropped from from 24.6% to 16.9% (still the highest in the nation but a large improvement). Urgent care clinics are popping up on every corner.

While I do not disagree the ACA has some gaps, it is not enough to scrap the entire law without an immediate replacement that maintains or improves coverage and cost for Americans. Medicare for All is one such replacement that would help.

It seems the "doctor in the House" continues to work against American healthcare every chance he gets. Dr. Burgess should be reminded of the line in the Hippocratic Oath that states "I will prevent disease wherever I can" before he makes yet another mistake in voting for repeal.

John Turner-McClelland
Little Elm, TX

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