Regarding the American Health Care Act: David Valadao’s “yes” vote was in the best interest of his constituents and of the country. It’s not a popular decision to support the AHCA right now, but the current system is losing support with insurance companies that are withdrawing from the program. Also, insurance premiums for those paying for their coverage are increasing rapidly, and options are limited.
For almost 33 years, I had health-care insurance through my employer. When I left my job in June 2014 to become a full-time caregiver to my nonagenarian dad, I was astonished at how expensive the cheapest, basic coverage was (with a $5,000 deductible). Catastrophic insurance was not available. I rarely used my medical coverage at work (other than routine eye and dental check-ups).
Supporters of the AHCA and the lawmakers who voted for it are under fire. The issue has become so politicized that many don’t actually know what the bill does. I am not a Democrat or a Republican, but I believe the AHCA will improve America’s health-care system by reintroducing competition. Providers will offer the care that you need at an option that works best for you.
Ray Fagundes, Lemoore