On Oct. 25, my wife and I attended State Sen. Kim Ward’s Senior Expo. At this event, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, was present. I asked him several questions regarding the Affordable Care Act. Each question focused on specific items such as: allowing children to stay on the parents’ health plan until age 26; wellness visits for senior citizens; the inability of a company to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions; and the ability of insurance companies to cease payment if the treatment is too expensive.
Mr. Murphy seemed to agree that these were fine provisions, but the ACA needed to be repealed and replaced.
I asked him where “is the planned replacement?” I was told that there are many bills “out there” to address the health care crisis. Again I asked where I could see the replacement Republican plan. Mr. Murphy assured me he would send me Republican plans and I provided my name and address. As of Nov. 25, I have received no response.
I must now conclude that all of the Republican bluster about “repeal, defund and replace” is just that — bluster. Apparently there is no solid plan in place except to go back to the broken system we had, which denied coverage to many of our citizens.
No, I don’t believe the ACA is perfect, but it is better for many people who had no insurance. We should learn some lessons from our Canadian neighbors and move forward on universal health care.
EDWARD J. BLOTZER