One of the first acts of the Senate this year was to gut funding for the Affordable Care Act. While there is no question that the ACA has serious flaws, it is currently providing healthcare and affordable prescriptions to millions of Americans.
However, one of the first portions attacked by the Senate was to re-impose the pre-existing condition exclusion used by insurance companies to refuse coverage. This act affects not only those United States citizens covered under the ACA, but also every other citizen covered by private health insurance, whether purchased privately or through an employer.
What does that mean? If you have ever been sick with a previously diagnosed condition, whether high blood pressure or cancer, you can be denied healthcare for the rest of your life. The rest of your life. The reckless act of those in power may now have fatal consequences for thousands of United States citizens. They are aware, or should be, that denying healthcare can result in death. But, in a cavalier fashion, the Senate took just such an action.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The first right listed is that of Life. The Senate has just taken the first step to remove that right.
I stand for Affordable Health Care.