Don’t Cut Health Plans

Letter, Daily Local News, 11/12/17

Congressman Costello turned his back on constituents when he voted in support of the federal budget resolution that would cut Medicare by $487 billion and $1 trillion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. I know Congressman Costello can do better.

I know firsthand the importance of Medicaid. My brother depended on Medicaid through his battle with cancer. I cared for him until his death, and saw all the treatment and care he would not have gotten without Medicaid. He was just one of 2.5 Million Pennsylvanians who depend on Medicaid.

This week, Republicans released their new tax “reform” bill, which will give away trillions in tax breaks that mostly benefit the richest Americans and corporations paid for by these huge cuts to health care programs that seniors like me, kids like my grandchildren, working families like mine, veterans like my cousins and people with disabilities depend on.

We’ve got to really pay attention because Congress is using the same fast-track process that they used in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year to jam the legislation through before anyone realizes who’s really paying for these big tax breaks.

If Congressman Costello truly cares about his constituents, he won’t cut our health care in order to give big donors big tax breaks. Everyone in the district who depends on Medicare and Medicaid should call his office now and ask him to oppose the tax breaks paid for by of our health care.

MaryAnn Piccioni, Paoli