Letters to the Editor

Repeal of ACA would be devastating for Iowans

The Affordable Care Act provides health care for thousands of Iowans. If it is repealed, devastation would occur for those who would lose insurance coverage. 187,000 Iowans would lose coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Insurance companies would take charge and could end coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, from catastrophic diseases like cancer to common conditions like high blood pressure or cholesterol. Iowans would again have out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, such as cancer screenings, contraception and mammograms. 1,288,400 Iowan have pre-existing conditions, including 174,000 children, 642,000 women and 319,000 Iowans between the age of 55-64, according to the Center for American Progress.

The Affordable Care Act protects older Iowans from being charged an “age tax,” where they pay higher premiums than younger people. Tax credits for marketplace coverage would no longer be in place. The cost of prescription drugs would increase as well. Lifetime or annual limits could be reinstated.

Over 150,000 Iowans were enrolled through the Medicaid expansion. Repeal of the ACA could eliminate their insurance benefits. Opioid treatment could be in jeopardy, as well as support for rural hospitals.

Iowans need the Affordable Care Act for comprehensive health care. We need Senators Ernst and Grassley to protect people with pre-existing conditions and work for a health care solution that makes high-quality health care affordable to all.

Helane Golden

Cedar Rapids

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