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Health care not GOP priority

The Republican House and Senate majorities recently voted one more time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Once again, they did so without including a plan to replace it.

They performed this useless exercise again, as an example of what they would do if they win the White House. By not replacing the law with a better plan, the GOP would be setting the American people up for a disastrous healthcare plan akin to the following:

Hard-working low-income Americans would lose their Medicaid coverage.

Insurance companies would not be required, as they are now, to spend 80 percent of collected premiums on healthcare coverage. They could spend as little as they choose and pocket the rest.

The insurance companies could charge you higher premiums or completely deny you coverage if you have pre-existing conditions, are sick or become sick.

Presently, free preventive care is provided for cancer screenings, gynecological exams, diabetes and immunizations for children.

These services, all of which are included in your premium for the Affordable Care Act, would become the full financial responsibility of the patient.

Insurance companies would be able to cap annual and lifetime benefits.

Young people between 18 and 26 would be removed from their parents’ health insurance policies.

Without replacing the Affordable Care Act before repealing it, the GOP is offering less coverage at much higher prices. Perhaps they should draft a plan with better coverage at a lower cost before throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Hateful stupidity is not the basis for a national healthcare plan.

Louis Mollica

Hollidaysburg