To the editor:
At the Democratic National Convention, Stacey Lihn provided moving personal insight into her family’s positive experience with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Stacey talked about how her 2-year-old daughter, Zoe, survived a congenital heart defect due to the fact that the Affordable Care Act removed lifetime limits for health insurance. Zoe’s health challenges are far from over, but their family can find comfort and relief in the knowledge that she will continue to receive the vital health care she needs to live, grow, and prosper.
That is, unless Gov. Romney is elected president. Romney has stated openly that repealing the Affordable Care Act is a top priority. Shortly after Stacey’s speech, CNN asked the Romney campaign, “Are you going to do anything after you repeal the health care act. Is there an alternative proposal?” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul stated, “The last thing our health care system needs are more expansive and expensive federal mandates that drive up health care costs and make it harder for patients to find the care they need. That is why Governor Romney has put forward reforms that focus on greater patient choice and control, lower costs and better access for every American.”
Repealing the Affordable Care Act will be devastating for a great number of Americans with critical care needs. Informed voting requires a clear statement of the candidate’s platform. We need to start hearing his plan right now. Some lives may depend on it.