Open Letter to GOPĀ 

This was a letter I sent to my congresswoman in protest of her vote on the House #AHCA bill. I make the same available now to all Republican Senators especially the Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, also to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  

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Dear U.S. Rep. Kay Granger,Cc: Sen Ted Cruz, John Cornyn
I disagree with your vote on U.S. House Resolution 228 (Procedural vote on Obamacare repeal and replace: Passed 230 to 194 in the U.S. House).

In my opinion the entire Republican healthcare agenda has become about “getting” Obama rather than solving our healthcare problem. 

When did it become American to say to young Americans, “do not buy into the healthcare system because you’d be subsidizing old people”? 

That was the message we heard over and over from Republicans during the 2009/2010 healthcare debate from the likes of Rand Paul and Paul Ryan. They seem to forget it is the same young people that grow to be old people. During the transition for youth to old age, some have children, then grand children etc. 

It did not end there, Paul Ryan in introducing the very flawed AHCA divided the country into 

  1. Young vs Old
    • Young people who he said shouldn’t be paying for or subsidizing  old people
    • Old people who he said should not be paying for or, subsidizing young people starting and/or growing a family. 
  2. Men vs Women:
    • Men who he said should not be paying for women’s contraceptive because men can never be pregnant.
    • Women should not be paying for men’s ED medications, they will never have an erection. 
  3. Singles vs Couples:
    • Single people who he said should not be paying for children because they don’t have any. 

You should really sit back and think about that for a moment. What the Republicans are creating is an extremely selfish population devoid of empathy for family and friends.

Republicans are creating an extremely selfish population devoid of empathy for family and friends. 

They are asking kids not to support their parents, parents not to support their children, grandparent not to be concerned about grandchildren. We are telling men to ignore the needs of their sisters, mothers, girlfriends and wives. 

What in Gods name is wrong with us? What is wrong with you, our lawmakers?

Republicans in particular want every pregnancy to result in live birth but then strip every support for pre and post natal care for mother and child. We turn pregnancy into an affliction for which women particularly must be punished.

May I remind you that young people grow up to be old people. It takes a man and a woman to make a child.  

No provision is made for that person who lived a healthy life and was insured through their transition from youth to old age.  No one hospitalization, no surgeries not major illness or infections in their youth. They turn 61 and bingo, they penalized for it.  Under ACA, their premium may see a 300% increase (3x). Under the GOP bill, the insurance providers are allowed a 500% increase in premium for old people. 

Their only crime is turning 61, growing old. It is very likely that this very healthy youth will be a very healthy senior but in the United States of America, that is a crime punishable by tripling (and if the GOP get their way, quintupling ) their premiums and deductibles. 30-40 years of premium become a donation to commercial interests for CEOs to live large. 

When did it become an American value to diminish our old people at the time of their greatest need?

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Open letter to my Rep Kay Granger (R-TX)

Dear Congresswoman Kay Granger

The election of Donald Trump has stired up emotions that while not entirely new to our politics are unusually rancorous this election cycle. I have two main concerns that I’d like to share with you and hopefully get some answers. 

Why has there been no effort  in Congress to get Donald Trump to release his tax returns? Presidential candidates since Richard Nixon have released their tax returns and divested or put into a blind trust their personal investments. They do this to avoid future decisions being influenced by their personal interest and more importantly avoid the appearance of impropriety. Yes the President is exempt from conflict of interest rules but the Republican party prides itself as the party of accountability, integrity and transparency. Why is it that this President, a GOP president, whose businesses have global reach with their attendant conflict of interest  implications than any presidents, probably in history of American presidents, is allowed to flaunt this decades old tradition. 

I believe it when US intelligence say that foreign agents did try (even if they didn’t succeed ), to interfere with the 2016 elections. So I ask you, as an American, are you concerned about the integrity of our elections? What are you doing or going to do to determine the extent of this interference?  Don’t you think we owe it to the future of our democracy to find out how it happened and who is responsible for it so that we can prevent future occurrences? 

It is my firm belief that presidential candidates run for office with good intension and  on a vision for direction and goals for the country. When a candidate wins, it is the responsibility of the legislature to implement that vision that the people voted for to the benefit of all Americans, in the most cost effective way. It is not the role of the 530 legislators to substitute their own agenda or vision individually or collectively as the GOP did for 6 of 8 Obama years. It is wrong for Congress to declare their goal to be seeing to it that the President fail. Failure of the President is failure of the country as you must know and admit. I hope that the Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi will live up to their pledge to work with Trump administration for the benefit of Americans. They should not seek revenge for the GOP obstructionism during the Obama years.  I hope that the GOP legislative agenda will not be driven by simmering hatred and desire to erase Obama’s presidency from history books. 

On healthcare, the GOP have advertised repeal and replace slogn for 6years. They are so set on the repeal part they forgot to prepare a replacement.  If the Republicans we’re sincere in their desire to repeal and replace, you would think they’d have something in the six years the tried 62 times to repeal.  I don’t know why our healthcare has to be a third grade soccer game, kicked around aimlessly. Whatever youWyou decide to do, I want you to know that the following provisions of the ACA are important to me and I’m pretty sure to many of my fellow constituents. 

1. preexisting condition is not an impediment to healthcare access

2. I like that there are no more lifetime cap to healthcare spend. That complicated childbirth will never again create an uninsurable child. Many like myself have had coverage continuously for over 40 years without any claims or hospitalization. As we approach an age where we need the services, I worry we would be denied irrespective of my lifelong record. 

3. I like that kids stayed on parents coverage till age 26. Before  ACA, I paid $400/month for my young adults on top of my own premium. So ACA saved me $4800/year/child. We are lucky that my family has been blessed with good health we never had to draw on the insurance. Today, all three kids are grown successful and paying for their own coverage. 

4. I like that pregnancy is no longer a preexisting condition requiring suplemental coverage.

5, I like that preventive checkup does not require additional cost beyond my premium. 

6, I like that there is a chance for a refund if the provider spend is below given maximum. 

7. I like that contraceptives and prescription drugs are included with the premium

Yes the ACA is not perfect as we all acknowledge. What changes do you plan to make that cannot be implemented with an amendment? Why does the law have to be repealed for changes to be made?

I hope to see you soon at a town hall meeting so you can put a face to the name .  

Sincerely 

Your constituent

 

Okey moronu.