LETTERS: Drive to kill ACA could leave millions without insurance

To Ozaukee Press:

Why are Republicans trying so hard to kill Obamacare?

Congress having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 20 states, including Wisconsin, filed suit last week to essentially render the law unconstitutional.

Moreover, the Justice Department has decided not to defend the law.

If successful, this action could give the Trump administration and a Republican Congress another chance to repeal the ACA entirely.

The basis of the suit is that because last year’s Republican tax bill eliminated the individual penalty for not having insurance, the ACA is fundamentally unconstitutional since it carries an individual mandate.

The theory is that the government cannot enforce the mandate if Congress is unable to collect the tax.

This may have to be decided by the Supreme Court, but in the meantime Americans still need affordable health care insurance, particularly the 11.8 million already receiving coverage on the ACA exchanges, as well as the 130 million with pre-existing conditions.

It’s no time to return to the days when insurance companies scoured claims for evidence of a pre-existing conditions and health insurance was just another free-market commodity that left 50 million without coverage.

Clearly, we need to elect representatives who will improve the ACA, including raising the income limit in order to qualify for subsidies, or start implementing a Medicare-for-all health care system.

Greg Melcher
Port Washington

 

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