Letters to the Editor

Ernst should focus on health care

As a small business owner and cancer survivor, I rely on Obamacare for affordable health care coverage and the assurance I won’t be denied health care because of my preexisting condition. It also ensures my daughter, who just graduated from college, will continue to be covered and that insurance companies can’t charge me an exorbitantly higher premium just because of my age.

It’s been extremely stressful, then, to watch Republicans continually attack the ACA without offering a viable alternative. Donald Trump’s latest move — in the midst of a pandemic, no less — has been to press the Supreme Court to strike down the entire law. In light of this, I emailed Sen. Joni Ernst to find out what, exactly, she is doing to assure Iowans will have access to affordable care if the ACA falls. I followed up with a phone call to her office and was told someone would respond to my inquiry.

Weeks have passed, and still no word from Ernst. In the meantime, she has taken the time to comment publicly on demonstrations happening in Portland, Ore., and has breathlessly called for an “end to anarchy.”

Lives are hanging in the balance, senator, and I wish you’d pay as much attention to the real concerns of your constituents as you do to the alarmist “crises” manufactured by Donald Trump.

Susan Blocker

Cedar Rapids

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