To the Editor:
The U.S. House on May 4 barely passed Trumpcare, which has been roundly criticized by nearly every group that either uses or provides health care. This bill was rushed through the House; there were no public hearings; the Democrats were not allowed to offer amendments; there was no score by the Congressional Budget Office for this final version.
This bill is no health care bill; it is a tax giveaway to the wealthy. One estimate is that a person earning $1 million a year will save $50,000 in taxes annually.
To pay for this windfall, Medicaid will lose $880 billion over 10 years.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, liked this bill so much he voted for it twice.
One of Trumpcare’s greatest harms is the weakening, or abolition, of the Obamacare mandate that people with pre-existing conditions must be insured at the same premium price as the rest of those in the pool.
There are declinable pre-existing conditions. Some of these conditions are rheumatoid arthritis, severe obesity, pregnancy, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart disease, diabetes and many more. According the Kaiser Family Foundation, 27 percent of non-elderly Americans have a declinable pre-existing condition, and in Illinois, the rate is 26 percent.
There are declinable occupations and activities. Some of these are crop dusters, meat packers, scuba divers, firefighters, EMTs, security guards, taxicab drivers and many more.
There are conditions for which you can be insured but you would pay a higher premium, a higher deductible, receive modified coverage (not in a good way) or be subject to an exclusion rider (excluding coverage for the specific pre-existing condition). Some of these conditions are allergies, basal cell skin cancer, high blood pressure, overweight, high cholesterol, depression and many more. Almost 70 percent of adult Americans are overweight or obese.
While this specter of soaring premiums, soaring deductibles and less generous coverage due to a pre-existing condition may cause many of us bouts of anxiety (also a pre-existing condition), we can take solace that Kinzinger and the rest of the House Republicans made sure that they and their office staff will not have this problem.
Trumpcare contains a line that exempts members of Congress from insurance companies discriminating against them because of a pre-existing condition.
I don’t know about you, but I will be able to sleep better knowing Kinzinger is covered.
Kinzinger, looking out for what’s best for him.
Michael Van Buer