As a two-time cancer survivor not yet eligible for Medicare, a businesswoman and an active person of faith, I have read the provisions in the current proposed health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act with alarm and disappointment. In the business world, a “product”, if you will, such as the ACA, would be replaced only with a “product” that is comparable or better in performance. In delivery of health care, a better “product” would be a bill that provides 1) the same or better level of coverage, 2) for the same or lower cost, 3) covering the same number of people or more, 4) with funding in place to make the bill revenue-neutral so it would not add to the deficit. The proposed health care bill fails in all these provisions. This is not uninformed opinion but a conclusion consistent with analysis by Standard and Poor’s and the Kaiser Health Initiative. It has also been panned by trade groups representing doctors, insurers and hospitals. In sum, it is an inferior product. No businessman would consider this a successful replacement. As a voter, I expect our congressmen to make decisions in our interest using common sense and good business practices. I would never consider voting for anyone who gambles with the lives and livelihoods of fellow citizens. I urge our senators and congressmen to reject the American Health Care Act bill, showing that you stand for the needs of all of us, your constituents.

Janet Skinner

legal assistant

Lafayette