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Letter to the Editor: Watch carefully; GOP still eyeing Obamacare repeal

In June 2011, my job was outsourced and my insurance premiums under COBRA were $1,250 a month. More than our mortgage.

I searched out other options but because of a pre-existing condition, we were not able to afford a decent policy and wound up taking one with a $20,000 deductible. We found out later that the policy barely gave us any coverage. For instance, the $8,000 in medical expenses when I was bitten by a wild animal and had to get rabies shots was not covered. We were paying over $700 - some from savings - a month for a plan with essentially no coverage.

When the Affordable Care Marketplaces started, we found a plan for under $100 a month that covered annual physicals and carried a greatly reduced deductible.

I recently had to have emergency surgery and, without the ACA, would have had to declare bankruptcy to cover the medical expenses.

The U.S. Congress has tried numerous times to take the ACA away from me and millions of others. Our own representative, Bob Goodlatte, has eagerly and gleefully voted against his own constituents’ well-being more than once.

In addition, due to a Republican controlled legislature, Virginia has refused to expand Medicaid. This puts Virginia on the wrong side of history. Health care is something that all people should be able to afford, not just a privileged few. The 2018 mid-term elections are coming, and we need to look at which candidates are looking after the well being of all Virginians, not just the rich.


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