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Problems with the AHCA


May 17. 2017 9:44PM


To the Editor: There are many aspects of the H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, passed recently by the Republicans in the House of Representatives that I believe are poorly thought out and are not in the best interests of most Americans. It would ultimately reduce the number of Americans with adequate health care coverage and reduce the affordability of health care for many. I believe the more important issue that no one seems to mention is the fact that this bill, which will impact an industry that makes up almost 20 percent of our national economy, had no public hearings and had no health care committee nor subcommittee meetings in Congress.

This plan was developed within the leadership of the Republican party without input from anyone outside of the Washington D.C. bubble. Why wasn’t this plan developed and discussed at subcommittee and committee meetings? Why weren’t there any public hearings where citizens and groups impacted by these changes could present information and their viewpoints? It seems that legislation today is developed in secrecy by a small group of people without ever having it made public before the actual vote.

At least the Democrats had multiple public hearings and committee meetings when the Affordable Care Act was developed. Sadly, today most Americans, probably including many Republican representatives, didn’t have time to read what they were voting for or know what was in the small print, except that the Republican leadership wanted it passed.

RICHARD FRIEDMAN

Bedford


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