To the editor:
On Dec. 21,Virginia Organizing gathered in front of PATHS to let our representatives know that we oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
I went to the protest because I know a lot of people who don’t have health insurance. They have to pay a lot of money out of pocket for medication and the care they need. I don’t have that kind of money after rent, light bills and what I need to live. There is a big gap in what people can afford and what things cost. We shouldn’t be taking away people’s coverage. We should improve on what we already have and work to expand coverage!
While we held signs and chanted, people stopped to look and see what’s going on. And people voiced their support.
I met one woman who needed help with health care but fell in the Medicaid gap. She made too much money for Medicaid (since our General Assembly hasn’t expanded the program with federal funds) but not enough to qualify for private insurance with tax credits. She’s glad that we care about people like her.
I have one message for our elected officials — Tom Garrett, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and others. They need to come out and see what’s really going on before they vote. This “repeal and delay” plan will hurt too many people.
These are our people — our friends, neighbors, family members. We aren’t phony. We’re the real thing. And we expect Congress to make our lives better, not worse.