To The Daily Sun,
Both Scott Brown and Frank Guinta talk about repeal and replace. Assuming they have good ideas about health care, what chance do they have of getting them through Congress?
What will happen if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed but not replaced? The negative consequences on many people could be huge. Please consider seniors, young adults, people with documented illnesses, and the millions of people who are now insured because of the ACA.
The ACA, also called Obamacare, has language that protects guaranteed benefits. Nancy Lea Mond, an officer of AARP, has reported "the good news for Medicare recipients is new protections and benefits in the health law that strengthens Medicare and give more coverage." Note that the Part A trust fund is solvent until 2029 instead of 2016. What will repeal mean to seniors?
Consider people who have muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer or heart conditions. If the law is repealed are they insurable or are we back to pre-existing conditions?
The Affordable Care Act can be improved if Congress wants to make it better. Repeal is not the answer. I hope you join me in voting Democratic. I am a senior, a parent, and a grandparent and I am voting the best interests of my family.
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