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 .