Yes, the current Affordable Care Act needs modifications. We all want reforms, including more affordable premium costs and more choices in the insurance marketplace. But surely we don’t want to return to the day when insurers denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, set lifetime limits, and kicked children off parents’ insurance too soon.
In Arizona, one out of five, or nearly two million people, are covered by Medicaid. Our system works well and is praised as a national model of efficiency. However, the proposed federal cuts to Medicaid would shift payment responsibility, and massive financial risk, to the states. As a member of the House Health Committee, I know the proposed measures will undermine our current healthcare system, damage our economy and gamble with the health of millions of people, including children and seniors.
It is summer, I know. There are many distractions, both here and in Washington. But this is so important and we need to be paying attention. Here’s what you can do to help:
Call both Sen. McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake; tell them to support healthcare proposals that provide affordable coverage for more, not fewer Arizonans:
Sen. McCain: (202) 224-2235 or (602) 952-2410
Sen. Flake: (202) 224-4521 or (602) 840-1891
And if you’re in town, stop by for Coffee and Conversation this Saturday, July 29, from 9-10 am at the Devonshire Senior Center, located at 2802 E. Devonshire Avenue, Phoenix. Christine Marsh, who has announced her candidacy for LD28 State Senate, will join me.