Americans are not at all impressed with the Republican’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act with a plan that will kick 24 million people off of their health insurance. In fact, many Americans seem to feel that if Congress can strip their constituents of healthcare, then voters should return the favor.
A petition, started by a man from Oregon, is proposing just that. Daniel Jimenez, of Portland, wrote in the petition’s description that his own father died of cancer due to a lack of health insurance coverage.
“As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I’m reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care,” Jimenez writes. He then explains that “some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not.”
Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement.
A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it.
If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?
The petition, which had an original goal of 500,000 signatures, had been signed by 631,311 people as of Saturday afternoon. If you would like to add your name to the Change.org petition, you can do so here.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.