Someone very dear to me who has chronic health issues went years without coverage when an employer dropped his health insurance. Thankfully, an even better and less expensive policy was available via the Affordable Care Act.
After learning of the possible elimination of ACA's tax credits subsidizing premiums for low-income individuals, I wrote my congressman, Vern Buchanan, asking for his position on this issue.
I questioned what he'll do to keep the subsidies in place for deserving citizens who will lose their health care without them. Would he stand up against other Republicans to fight for his constituents, or would he ignore the plight of many just to spite the president at every turn?
I asked if he would follow his party's uncaring, insensitive and immoral stance on this issue, or lead a fight for the less fortunate.
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I gave Mr. Buchanan an out by suggesting he not respond at all if his answer would be a canned Republican discourse on the "government being too big," or about the president's "abuse of power," or some diatribe on ACA's "detrimental effect" on the deficit. Not surprisingly, he took me up on that.
Later, after reading a Buchanan blog about his support of the Endangered Species Act, I wrote again, suggesting he was a hypocrite for defending the Endangered Species Act but denouncing the Affordable Care Act.
I reminded him that we humans are also a species, and that some will certainly be endangered without affordable health care. Not surprisingly, he didn't respond to that letter.