Access to affordable health care is a right, not a privilege. As a person with a pre-existing condition, I rely on the protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to ensure I have affordable and adequate coverage. Just a few short years ago, this was not the case and I spent years in the insurance pool with premiums so high and actual coverage almost non-existent, I couldn’t actually afford to go to the doctor. While the ACA is not perfect, it did extend health insurance coverage to many millions of Americans and many Oregonians, including myself.
Rep. Walden has been following the party line, voting to “repeal and replace” the ACA — making it more expensive, taking away coverage of pre-existing conditions, etc. While distracting us with lies, they are also trying to reduce support for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. He has shown no interest and provided no ideas for replacing it.
Candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner provides a refreshing difference in perspective. She brings a positive attitude toward fixing what’s not working, and strengthening what is. She understands that access to affordable health care is essential to everybody, not just the wealthy. I’m voting for her and, whether you or somebody you love is going to need health care now or in the future, you should consider doing the same.