June 28 is a day when we were very proud of our great country, and of the reasoning of our Supreme Court. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stands as law. The U.S. has started the process of making healthcare affordable and fair.
The law requires insurance companies to spend 80 percent of their budget on medical care, and not on ways to deny people. We know someone who nearly went bankrupt because his young daughter with a nearly fatal illness was denied medical coverage due to “pre-existing conditions.” My mother’s 90-year-old friend, a lively, independent Sag Harborite, spent her entire life savings and lost her cherished home due to the high cost of healthcare in her final years. And my brother's keeping his 21-year-old daughter on his health insurance is a life-saver.
Our Congressmen Tim Bishop is in a tough, close fight. He stands against an opponent who has vowed to work with others in the House to repeal this law.
Do we really want to go backward? Here is what we would loose in our District:
9,000: children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be denied coverage.
4,700: young adults who are able to stay on their parents’ insurance
9,400: seniors who received a prescription drug discount, average $710 per senior.
81,000: seniors who received preventative services without having to pay co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles.
710: small businesses that received tax credits to maintain and expand their healthcare coverage offerings to employees.
And, expect a rebate check from the New York State insurance companies that spent more than 20 percent of their costs on executive pay and marketing, instead of medical care. It works out to an average of $138 per family.
Help yourself, your family, your friends. Help to re-elect Bishop to Congress.
— Mary and Tom Morgan
855 Southview, Brown’s Hills
Orient, NY 11957