Letter: Will lawmakers participate in new ACA?

As Congress is creating a new Affordable Care Act, I would like to know if our elected representatives and their staffs also will participate in the new program they create as this was a requirement of the original ACA. I’m wondering if this new and improved ACA will be good enough for them and their staffs or will they opt back into the federal employees health plan. If the new plan is good enough for the American public, shouldn’t it be good enough for those creating it?

I have written to both of my senators and they have not responded to my question. Sen. Joni Ernst did send a prepared statement regarding the ACA without any reference to my actual question. There’s been no reply to my question from Sen. Grassley. I was able to talk with Rep. Dave Loebsack. He agreed that no one was talking about it, but felt there may be an assumption that they may opt to go back into the federal employees plan.

We need to know this before any replacement is pushed through Congress. People cannot respond to an issue they are unaware of. Rep. Loebsack said he often has to show his ACA card to people as they do not believe that their representatives are covered by the current ACA. We need to make our representatives in Washington, D.C. aware that the American people should have the same options they have.

Ruth Izer

Iowa City

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