I’m lucky. Through hard work, personal sacrifice and luck, I work for a great organization. I have health care.
My nephew is not lucky. Excellent basketball player, bright student, good kid — but he is not a 6’9” phenom. You know the end of this story: Small-town sports star flames out at small school, returns to his small town, marries, has a few kids.
My nephew works at a small business in a small town without health insurance. He doesn’t qualify for Medicaid. He is the “working poor.” He was able to purchase insurance on the exchange because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Eliminating the individual mandate, which was included in the Republican tax bill, will result in the exodus of young and healthy citizens from the insurance market. Insurance companies will return to the practice of denying or only providing exorbitantly expensive policies to cover our most vulnerable citizens. And my nephew will not afford the premium, so his kids will not see a doctor unless that is in the emergency department.
Is it really too much to ask Rep. Andy Barr to ensure all citizens have access to health care by working with any and all to support the health-insurance law’s individual exchanges?