COPY OF THE EMAIL I JUST SENT TO SEN. RAND PAUL IN ANSWER TO HIS MAIL INFORMING ME ABOUT HOW HE IS SPONSORING HR 2, TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: “”
April 12, 2013
Dear Sen. Paul:
Thanks for answering. I read your email all the way through, and sorry I did.
As a person who is Disabled, and who, during 5 1/2 years while I waited to be approved for Disability, went without any income whatsoever, along with no health care and no way to purchase my desperately needed prescriptions, I feel that you have no understanding at all about what it is like to be poor, elderly, or disabled, and have to struggle and try to survive on only $700 a month. We do not even get enough to support ourselves independently, and can not afford to pay both rent AND utilities. It is only enough to pay either one or the other, but not both. This has forced me to either be homeless, or to be unwillingly shoved into situations where I am having to live with others, often strangers, who are more often than not, abusive and unsympathetic. Being a woman, and being vulnerable to abuse by those who will take advantage of your desperation, this has resulted in some very dangerous and even violent situations, including rape, theft of my belongings, physical, mental, and verbal abuse, not to mention extreme stress which makes my medical conditions much worse. (Have you ever been homeless, Dr. Paul? Would you want your mother to be sick and homeless? Why is it Ok for ME to have to go through that?)
We are charged $120 a month for Medicare premiums. Contrary to what most people think, Medicare is NOT FREE. It has a $1500 deductible, and 20% co-pay. Now, how in the world do you think people who can not even pay rent and utilities can afford a $1500 deductible and 20% co-pays??? That is ridiculous to expect us to even begin to be able to do that.
Not only that, but Medicare does NOT cover prescription medications, and I am forced to pay $54 a month for a Part D Prescription drug policy, which does not cover many medications, and which still leaves a co-pay to pay for. This keeps me from being able to buy food. It’s either the medications, or it’s the groceries. (Which would YOU pick?) I do without several of my medications because my drug policy does not cover them, and I can not afford to pay over $300 a month for just one of the prescriptions.
I do NOT agree with H.R. 2 and I will NOT support you for voting for this bill. There is nothing wrong with obligating people who can afford it to pay for health insurance. Those of us on Medicare, who are living below the Federal Poverty Level, have to pay for it, so why can’t other people do the same? The Affordable Care Act is not free, either. You will have to pay on a sliding scale, according to ability to pay. People whose incomes are under the Federal Poverty Level will be means tested and approved for Medicaid. It’s about TIME poor Americans could get to go to the doctor!!! Those who can afford it, will be required to carry health insurance. This is a good thing – that way no one is running up bills at the Emergency Rooms and in hospitals, that everyone else is forced to foot the bill for, through higher health care insurance and medical and hospital bills.
Everybody thought it was just fine to force everybody to buy auto insurance. But then, that was because the big insurance companies were benefited by it…. Even Republicans thought THAT was a winner…
What you are proposing, by threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act, is to kill off about 57 million Americans who, as we speak, can not get medical care. Don’t give me the tired old Republican song about – go to the Emergency Room, because I have been there, done that. They will ONLY treat you for your immediate emergency. There is no preventive care, they will NOT prescribe your routine medications for you anymore, that was done away with under Bush Jr. You get NO follow-up care and NO doctor will accept you if you have no money and no health care insurance.
I think you doctors make enough money as it is, while everyone else does without everything, even a place to live or food to eat, and NO medical care. And I think you need to stop representing the interests of the big health care corporations, big pharma companies, and the 1%, and start representing the interests of the American People, who are suffering with no health care, no vision and no dental care. Americans have the worst health and dental conditions of almost anywhere else – we are in worse shape than most 3rd world countries – at least in Mexico they have a government health care plan and they can go to the doctor and the dentist to get their teeth fixed. Also, in Mexico, doctors still do house calls for about $20. Drug companies are not ALLOWED by LAW to earn over a certain percentage above actual costs of prescription drugs. You don’t see people down in Mexico who can not go to the doctor when they need to, nor going without their medications, nor do you see Mexicans with rotten teeth and abscesses, who can not go to the dentist and get them fixed.
You have lived a privileged life, my dear Mr. Paul, and you have NO CLUE what it is like to do without the things you take so for granted. Like a place to live, food to eat, and proper health care.
Try living on $700 a month for a while, Mr. Paul, and let me know how that works for you. Remember to pay your $180 a month for Medicare and Part D prescription drug plans out of that money, too! Also, you will have NO bank account, NO IRA, NO property, and NO vehicle, either! Just you and the clothes on your back, and waiting for a check every 3rd of the month, for $700, of which nearly $200 is already GONE. That leaves you $500 a month. Where will you live? And how will you pay your light bill, water bill, phone bill, buy your prescriptions, buy groceries, you can forget your TV, forget about eating in a restaurant ever again in your life, and forget going anywhere at all, because you will have no money to go anywhere. You will wear the same clothes for the rest of your life, also, because no way you can ever afford to buy any clothes or shoes again, either. You will have to go to a free place to see if you can find any free, used shoes and clothing that fits you – that means used socks and underwear, too! Can you handle that? I’ll tell you what you WON’T be able to handle, is being treated like a sub-human, like you are garbage, by those who have more than you do.
Do you think it can’t happen to anyone? Do you think just because you are educated and make good money, it can’t happen to you? Do you think you are “too good to end up like that”, or that you are not “that class of people”? You are no better than I am, I have a college education and a profession, too, just like you do, and an IQ of 169 and always worked double shits, 2-3 jobs at a time, and it happened to ME. It can happen to anyone.
By the way, you are an opthalmologist, right? Maybe you could help me. My vision is 20/4800 (or at least that’s what it was ten years ago, the last time I was able to afford to buy glasses) Can you let me know how I can get some glasses? Because I can not afford them, Medicare will not cover vision care, and I am legally blind without them. And maybe you also have a friend who is a dental surgeon and another who is a dentist, because I have 6 teeth broken off at the gums, 2 are abscessed and Medicare will not cover dental, so I am forced to run around like this for many years now. Can you tell me how I can get my teeth fixed, or have them all pulled and get dentures, so I will not be in constant pain from them?
Welcome to the REAL world.
THINK about it.
I do appreciate you speaking up against the NDAA and using drones against Americans. But you won’t impress me until you REALLY stand up for us.
Remember your Hippocratic oath. “Do No Harm”. Making 57 million people do without health, dental, and vision care DOES HARM. Stop believing fairy tales and corporate BS.
From: U.S. Senator Rand Paul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 9:19 am
Subject: Reply from Senator Rand Paul
April 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the repeal of Obamacare. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.
During the 111th Congress, the Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – commonly known as “Obamacare” (P.L. 111-148). This legislation rapidly expanded the powers of government into the health care system. Since the implementation of Obamacare, many states have filed Constitutional challenges based upon the mandatory purchase of insurance policies, and several courts have ruled the law unconstitutional.
I was not a member of the United States Senate during the 111th Congress, but if I had been I would have voted against Obamacare. As you may know, in the 113th Congress, I am an original cosponsor of S. 177, which would fully repeal the government takeover of our health care system.
In January 2011, Representative Eric Cantor (R-Va.) introduced Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (H.R. 2). This legislation would repeal PPACA and restore all provisions of the law the PPACA amended. H.R. 2 passed the House by a vote of 245-189 and was never voted on in the Senate.
As a doctor, I have had firsthand experience with the vast problems facing health care in the United States. Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms. Government interventions in health care have driven up the cost of coverage. I have long supported making all medical expenses tax deductible, allowing insurance to be bought across state lines, tort reform, and allowing all citizens access to Health Savings Accounts by removing the high-deductible insurance policy requirement.
Rand Paul, MD
United States Senator