Healthcare bill shows where Republican priorities lie

The Republicans in the U.S. Congress are poised to pass legislation that will bring havoc to the American health care system (“Graham-Cassidy bill would cut funding to 34 states, report shows,” Sept. 20). Many millions of Americans, primarily low income, handicapped and elderly will lose their health care insurance, penalties on those with chronic and pre-existing conditions will be re-enacted and lifetime caps on benefits will be put back in place. Health insurance premiums are likely to increase dramatically on most insureds as insurance companies are faced with having to adapt to 50 different markets. No wonder the bill is being opposed by all groups representing patients and doctors. Even the health insurance industry is opposed.

And what is driving Republicans to enact such disastrous measures? Simply to reduce expenditures for health care so they can afford to cut taxes on the super wealthy. One bright side to this impending catastrophe will be that the public will finally see clearly that the Republican Party is morally bankrupt. It cares not one bit for the average American who will be severely harmed by this legislation. No, it is concerned exclusively with the welfare of Wall Street operators, super wealthy, multinational corporations and real estate moguls who live in golden towers and who have nothing but contempt for real working Americans. Many Trump supporters will now feel the painful consequences of their naive choice, and they will have no one but themselves to blame.

Jack Kinstlinger, Towson

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