Looking for a better health care approach from the government

Well, we finally got to see the health care bill Senate Republicans kept secret from everyone, including members of their own party [“Uninsured forecast,” News, June 28].

Make no mistake, if this bill doesn’t affect you, it will affect someone you love: your parent, child, sibling or neighbor. Republican leaders shouldn’t push this through before their constituents have had a decent chance to review it and respond. They seem so set on finally checking this off their bucket list, but it must work for the people they represent.

Of course, this could come back to bite them during the next election.

And let’s not forget the House version of the bill. In voting for it, Rep. Peter King said, “To me, it was a business decision — business in the sense that it’s our business to get the job done and move it forward.”

No, that’s not the job. The job is to represent your constituents and make sure you don’t vote for something that still needs, in King’s word, “improvements.” His job is to vote no until it’s right.

Rosanne Manfredi,Bay Shore

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This Senate health care bill is not what the people voted for in November [“Is there a will for fast health repeal?” News column, July 3].

We were told for years that Congress would repeal Obamacare, and that is what we should get. Pass a clean repeal bill, and let the free market provide whatever insurance people want. Get the government out of the health care business.

We don’t want or need another entitlement that bloats the bureaucracy, has soaring costs and doesn’t provide the services promised. Look at the Veterans Health Administration to see what the progressives want for us. Before President Barack Obama, we had health care, but not everyone had insurance.

Now more of us have insurance, but it seems that not all of us have health care. I liked it better the other way.

John Memoli,Massapequa

News reports tell us how devastating the Senate health care plan would be to Medicaid. However, middle class people also need to wake up! Working people have no idea how bad this bill will be for them.

States would be allowed to waive essential health care protections, such as maternity, mental health and prescription drug coverage. This could affect many people who think they are safe in their group plans.

Tax credits that helped pay for insurance would be reduced. Hospital budgets would shrink from decreased Medicaid, and health care workers could lose jobs. Auxiliary businesses that support hospitals would be harmed, too.

Tax cuts would go to insurance, prescription drug and medical device companies.

The Senate bill is not what we want. The solution is to fix Obamacare; at least it was going in the right direction.

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Barbara Kaplowitz,Westbury

So the Trump administration’s message is to take “personal responsibility” for our health care? On June 24, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that the new health care system would be formed on that basis.

Please, tell all the captains of industry and corporations that have all but taken over federal regulatory agencies that they must take personal responsibility for their pollution, their pesticides in mothers’ milk, their lead in drinking water, etc.

When they pollute, or their pipelines spill oil, harming rivers, streams, fish and wildlife, they should take personal responsibility and pay for every cent of the cleanups. When mothers and children get sick or injured because of unregulated products, industry must take personal responsibility and pay for all medical damages.

One can only hope that the public wakes up to the hypocrisy and self-enriching policies of this administration and finally understands why federal regulations had to be promulgated in the first place.

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Vivienne Lenk,Little Neck

People who are in favor of retaining and even expanding Obamacare tend to support their arguments by offering personal, often gut-wrenching stories of relatives whose lives would have been lost without access to quality health care. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s heartfelt account of his newborn son’s health crisis is just one example.

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act generally acknowledge the pain that illness and poor health cause individuals and their families. But they feel that this is, in the end, an individual crisis, and not the responsibility of the government to alleviate.

Both arguments badly miss the point. Health care is unlike any other government initiative. It affects everybody. We can commit ourselves to eating well. We can exercise often and eschew drugs and alcohol, but if we come into contact with a sick person with no access to health care, it won’t matter. We could contract his or her illness.

Likewise, our neighbors’ untreated mental health issues put us all at risk. One sick child can spread illness to an entire class.

The person who lives in dire need of health care is a potential threat to us all.

Catherine Peacock,Bay Shore