In your article, “Bill Cassidy: The importance of staying earnest, connected with La.,” you quote Dr. Cassidy: “My passion has been, ‘How do we get health care to those who do not have it?’ ” I collaborated with Cassidy on the middle school student hepatitis immunization project. We were colleagues at Earl K. Long Medical Center, providing health care to those who usually had no other options. At that time, he did seem to care about getting health care to those who did not have it. This has changed.
As our area congressman, he voted time and again against the underinsured or uninsured. He has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is certainly not perfect, but has offered many of our patients their first opportunity to seek care outside the now critically dismembered public system. He, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal, does not support Medicaid expansion, the first health insurance that nearly 240,000 of Louisiana’s working poor would ever receive. Republicans across the country have come to support it.
On Medicare, he voted to increase premiums, to reopen the donut hole that has saved Louisianians nearly $168 million in the past four years and to raise the eligibility age to 70. Since a Louisianian’s life expectancy is on average 75.7 years, the sixth lowest in the nation, this would give retirees less than six years of coverage after a lifetime of working. Is this staying connected to our citizens?
I think his passion has changed to, “How do I get elected?” He has abandoned his former patients. So I ask, if he is elected, can you trust him to work for you?