What is GOP answer for health care?

To the Journal editor:

U.S. Rep Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, and President Donald Trump want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It won’t be easy.

Mr. Bergman prioritized maintaining coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and for dependent coverage until age 26. President Trump promised insurance for everyone with much lower deductibles.

Here is the catch. A viable insurance system must enroll many more healthy people than sick people. Achieving that balance requires a mandate.

Cornell University economist Robert Frank stated the ACA has three inter-dependent components: guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions, a subsidy for low-income people and a mandate for people to buy insurance.

Experts agree that if the government removes one “leg of the stool,” the entire system collapses.

It gets harder. A Kaiser Foundation poll indicates greater than 70 percent of Trump supporters prefer the ACA’s elimination of out-of-pocket costs for preventive services, health insurance exchanges to shop for prices and benefits, and closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap.

Will our elected officials prioritize providing health care for all or lowering taxes, reducing regulation and shrinking government? Their answer is literally a matter of life or death.

If you have concerns about your health care insurance, share them with Rep. Bergman by calling 231-714-4785.

Michael Earl

Traverse City