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Letter To The Editor - Affordable Care Act


Marvin O. & Lois Ross

Fort Wayne, IN


To the Editor:

Our constitution establishes three separate but co-equal branches of government.  They are the executive-presidential, the congressional-legislative and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Each of these branches has approved the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman has chosen to support the Romney/Ryan proposal in an effort to overturn this established law.  Mr. Stutzman is utilizing the franking privilege to write letters and numerous bulletins advocating views to apparently frighten, if not to mislead, seniors about the ACA currently being implemented.  He is also recommending the adoption of a federal budget that would change Medicare to a capped voucher system and reduce Social Security benefits.  For Mr. Stutzman to enjoy excellent health/medical coverage, paid in full by taxpayers, his extremist positions are insensitive to those of us who have paid taxes for Social Security and Medicare benefits for fifty years.

A few of Rep. Stutzman’s recommendations include: 1) reopen the donut hole for seniors causing our medications to be more expensive, 2) eliminate the preventive medical testing coverage provided for currently under Medicare by way of the ACA law, 3) allow insurance companies to again deny coverage to anyone because of a pre-existing condition, 4) eliminate the ACA option that allows children to remain on their parents’ health care plan until age 26,  5) eliminate 32 million individuals from health insurance who would be eligible to begin paying a fair share for coverage in 2014, and 6) eliminate up to 19 million seriously disabled individuals and nursing home residents from receiving Medicaid benefits.

It is not a noble proposal to cut health coverage for seniors, the disabled and the middle class.  In the November 6 election we suggest that voters look to those candidates that have a heart for “the least of these” in our society as you make your choice.  Our choice will be Kevin Boyd.