Senators, protect us from the ACHA

I am shocked and dismayed that Rep. Andy Harris supported the American Health Care Act ("Rodricks: Even with vote to repeal Obamacare, Andy Harris' seat appears safe," May 6). As a doctor, did he not take an oath to "first do no harm"? Twenty-four million Americans would lose health care if the Senate moves this harmful bill forward. It seems that many members of Congress have forgotten what the AHCA means to their constituents, so let me remind them:

The AHCA means my family's health insurance would be at risk because states could request waivers for pre-existing conditions. The AHCA means my patients could lose access to mental health services because states could opt out of providing essential health benefits. The AHCA means that so many of our country's children, elderly and people with disabilities would lose health coverage because Medicaid as we know it would be gutted. The AHCA means that many health providers will be out of work — not because our patients are cured but because they won't even be able to seek services.

All of this to give a tax break to the top 1 percent? We deserve better from our elected officials.

Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Marylanders are counting on you to oppose any bill that ends or restructures Medicaid, or that takes health care away from millions of Americans.

Sara Buckingham, Baltimore

The writer is a PhD student in human services psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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