Letter to the editor: Healthcare
Can you think of anyone you know who has never been sick, hurt, or grown old? I bet you can’t. Everyone needs healthcare.
Kathy Manning understands this. If elected, she will work to fix the broken healthcare system by supporting the Affordable Care Act, by working to find better ways for people with preexisting conditions and older Americans to obtain affordable healthcare, and fighting to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Manning has vowed not to accept any money from special interest groups or pharmaceutical companies. This leaves her free to represent her constituents, not corporations.
Unfortunately, our current representative, Ted Budd, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This repeal would have left thousands of Americans without affordable healthcare, gutted Medicaid, and imposed a substantial “age tax” on older Americans. Recently, Republicans in Congress have even discussed cutting funding from Medicare and Social Security.
Why would Budd support laws that would leave many of his constituents without affordable healthcare? Simple. He is motivated by special interest groups. Special interest groups have contributed substantially to Budd’s campaigns. His record shows that he prioritizes these groups, and himself, over the people he is supposed to represent.
Maeve E. Herrick