July 14, 2012
I just received an email from my congressman, U.S. Rep. William Cassidy, M.D.\
He said that the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act “will not deter my efforts or those of House Republicans to replace the President’s health-care law with something which achieves the goal of providing access to quality health care ... through free-market mechanisms and not through expanded government and higher taxes.”
I then called his Washington office and verified that he receives health-care coverage through one of the plans we taxpayers purchase for him. This raises questions for Rep./Dr. Cassidy.
If the “free market” is so effective, why do almost 50 million Americans not have health care? And which parts of the Affordable Care Act that helps the rest of us does Rep./Dr. Cassidy want to overturn?
Is it the part that would have prevented my son from having to borrow $4,800 to purchase health insurance while he was in law school because my husband and I could not keep him on our policy until he was 26?
Is it the part that requires insurance companies to spend 80 percent of their profits on sick people?
Perhaps it’s the part that guarantees coverage to families with sick children?
Rep./Dr. Cassidy made his living for years at the public Earl K. Long Hospital, the existence of which was necessitated by the fact that the “free market”could not ensure that the poor had care. A member of my family received care in that hospital for a congenital condition that eventually killed him.
Why didn’t Rep./Dr. Cassidy just depend on the “free market” to earn his living as a physician? Why did he depend on taxpayer dollars (as he is still doing as a congressman)?
Exactly why is Rep./Dr. Cassidy so enthralled with leaving people to the mercies of the “free market”? The only freedom that the current situation has given to millions of people is the “freedom” to get sick and die without proper care.
Speaking as his constituent, I would like to say that Rep./Dr. Cassidy should be ashamed of himself. If he wants to overturn the Affordable Care Act, he should first give up his taxpayer-funded health care coverage and throw himself on the mercies of the “free market.” Then he might be able to speak with some integrity.
Constituents in Rep. Cassidy’s district who are without health-care coverage should know about his hypocrisy and remember it the next time he runs for office.