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David Lambeth: GOP is wrong on healthcare insurance

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, the most important election issues for Coloradans are healthcare, education and housing costs. Nearly half feel that the state’s health care system does not meet the needs of most Coloradans and even more — 61 percent — say that most people in the state who need mental health services are not able to get them.  

This week, the Senate defeated a Democratic measure that would have overruled President Trump’s expansion of junk medical insurance plans. These short-term cheaper plans are not required to cover people with pre-existing conditions nor do they cover a range of health services like mental health and prescription drugs.  

Why does the GOP think it’s a good idea to take away the pre-existing conditions protection, mental health coverage and prescription drugs coverage? Really senators? Do you think this is what your constituents want? 

I don’t think so. Neither do the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association who oppose the GOP plan.

In November, Americans can vote for another two years of Republican attempts to gut our health care system, or they can vote for Democratic candidates to safeguard current protections and work to help make healthcare more affordable. Democrats have numerous healthcare proposals on the table such as Medicare for All, a Medicare buy-in option and a new public option plan.  

Cheap insurance is not better insurance; it’s no good to you if you can’t use it to pay basic medical bills. Let’s elect people who are willing to get creative with healthcare prototypes.  Let’s vote for representatives who will help Americans with thoughtful legislation instead of driving them into bankruptcy with medical bills.

Dave Lambeth

Steamboat Springs

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