To the Editor:
I am writing to clarify some points about the proposed American Health Care Act.
First, Medicaid will be cut severely. Medicaid not only assists medically fragile children and adults, but also assists elders with nursing home costs after Medicare stops (usually within 30 to 90 days).
The average daily cost of nursing home care is $178 a day in Illinois, and according to a MetLife study, these costs can be a staggering $90,000 or more a year.
Second, if a penalty will be assessed if your insurance lapses, it will be a proposed 30 percent surcharge on your premium.
That is well above the penalty currently in place under the Affordable Care Act. And lifetime caps are a disgrace. Bankruptcy soon follows.
Third, and also very important, what kind of country are we living in where it is acceptable to allow the poor, the elderly and children to suffer when the resources are available to support them?
This may be a point that is not acceptable to persons who believe in the sacredness of life, for example, those who support the pro-life agenda or folks who believe we are here to help the less fortunate.
Make no mistake, this will affect every citizen, not only the less fortunate.
It’s very sad that my representative, Peter Roskam, believes this is acceptable.