The thing that puzzles me most about the Senate Health Care Bill is why Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell keeps pushing it.
The bill is desperately unpopular. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation:
• 61 percent of Americans disapprove of the revised bill.
• 65 percent of Americans disapprove of cuts to Medicaid. These eliminate health coverage for 700,000 Ohioans and mental health services, disability services, and nursing home care for more.
The revised bill adds $45 billion for opioid treatment, but slashes Medicaid, which provides addiction-related services by $800 billion. Read that number again.
Many Republican governors oppose the bill, including Gov. Kasich, Nevada’s Gov. Sandoval, and Arizona’s Gov. Ducey. As Gov. Sandoval said, many Americans are “healthier and happier” with the Medicaid expansion.
The American Medical Association, Pediatric Medical Association, Rural Hospital Association, and other health care providers oppose the bill, which eliminate coverages from 22 million Americans and decimates rural hospitals.
The Senate bill is too extreme. Call Sen. Portman (202) 224-3353 and Sen. Brown (202) 224-2315. Ask them to oppose this bill.
Lisa Robeson, Bluffton