Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murphy Is Complicit

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murphy Is Complicit

Article excerpt

In response to the article "House Narrowly Votes to Erase Much of Obama's Health Care Law" (May 4 post-gazette.com), I address my remarks to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, as well as my fellow constituents in his district. Here are the facts:

* The Congressional Budget Office report on this draconian elimination of health care benefits is not in, but it is expected that more than 24 million Americans would lose health insurance.

* The Center for American Progress cites a shortfall in funding of $192 billion, which dwarfs the paltry $8 billion thrown in at the last minute to appease the crocodile tears of red-state Republicans who rightly fear the impact of rollbacks (at state whim) in mandated coverage for pre-existing conditions.

* The Center for American Progress further estimates increases in premiums for 40-year-old consumers with pre-existing conditions by as much as $142,000 (metastatic cancer). …

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