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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Senator Pat Toomey's Response to Healthcare Concerns

I wrote to the Senator voicing my concerns over what was to become of healthcare in the Republican plan. This is his response. I will let you decide what to think for yourselves. For me, I see a lot of alternative facts and avoidance of some of my concerns.

June 22, 2017

Dear Mr. ,

Thank you for contacting my office about President Obama's health care law. I appreciate hearing from you.

President Obama's health care law is fundamentally wrong in its approach to improving our nation's health care system. It forces people to buy overpriced health plans they do not want, hikes taxes, and puts important and personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats instead of patients and their doctors. News of skyrocketing health insurance premium increases--32.5 percent on average in Pennsylvania--coupled with the fact that 40 percent of Pennsylvanians now live in areas with no health insurance competition, show just how Obamacare's broken promises are hurting Pennsylvanians.

Given the massive spikes in premiums and deductibles so many Pennsylvania families are enduring, the loss of choices, and the collapse of individual markets, Congress has begun the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare. This comes after multiple elections, years of discussion and numerous open and public hearings in both the House and the Senate detailing the failures of the current law and how to fix the health care system.

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). This proposal is merely the first legislative step; the Senate is drafting a new version to repeal and replace Obamacare so that Pennsylvanians can have access to quality health care at a price they can afford.

As part of any replacement, I want to make sure that there is a suitable transition period so no one covered by Obamacare has the rug pulled out from under them. I also want to ensure people with very expensive, chronic illnesses have access to affordable coverage. The manner in which this can be done includes, but is not limited to, the use of state-based risk pools and extending the incentives for individuals to maintain credible coverage, which already exists in employer-sponsored market, to the individual market.

Rest assured, any legislation considered by the Senate will be made publicly available before a vote. The bill will be subject to an open and unlimited amendment process, allowing every member to suggest changes before final passage. Please know that I understand your concerns, and as Congress continues to debate health care reform, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.

Thank you again for your correspondence. Do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Pat Toomey
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

See Congressman Ryan Costello's response to the original House Trumpcare plan for contrast: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2017/05/republican-congressman-ryan-costellos.html

For Senator Bob Casey's (D. PA) rebuttal, see: https://www.casey.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/casey-unveils-new-report-on-gop-sabotage-of-health-care-system

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